What is RCIA?
The acronym stands for Rite of Chrisitan Initiation for Adults. Anyone 7 years old and older, who is not yet baptized, goes through RCIA prior to receiving the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist). In the Acts of the Apostles 8:26-40 the Apostle Philip teaches an Ethiopian who has the stirrings of God in his heart but is confused by scripture. The Ethiopian is sitting in his chariot on the side of the road, trying to make sense of passages in Isaiah. The Holy Spirit told Philip, “Go up and join this chariot.” Philip goes up to the chariot, and asks the Ethiopian, “Do you understand what you are reading?” The Ethiopian says, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” The Ethiopian allows Philip to teach him the good news of Jesus, prior to being baptized.
RCIA is all about YOU and where you are right now on your journey with God. RCIA is simply YOU asking for guidance to see God more clearly, just like the Ethiopian. RCIA does not have a set timeframe! However, every Easter our church Baptizes, Confirms and gives First Communion to those adults who have gone through the RCIA faith formation process and are ready to receive the fullness of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ and his church.
If any of the following describe you, then consider learning more about Catholicism through the RCIA:
- Adults wondering about God who are not baptized
- Adults from a different Christian denomination wondering about Catholicism
- Adults who are married to a Catholic and would like to understand their spouse a little better
- Baptized Catholics missing both sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation
- Non-Confirmed Catholics with no formal faith formation (i.e.: PSR, CCD)
- Children ages 7 and over who are unbaptized (must be accompanied by a parent or guardian)
RCIA is led by the Holy Spirit and taught by Amy Incorvati-Aloisi, Director of Faith Formation, a convert herself. Please reach out at email@example.com or (330) 929-8361 x19 for more information, or with any questions.