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Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

RCIA – ADULT INITIATION
 
Contact: Donna Beam, RCIA Coordinator
949 494-9701, ext:  113
 
What Is Christian Initiation?
 
Christian Initiation is the journey of becoming a fully participating member in the life and community of the Catholic Church.  Initiation involves preparation for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, celebrated on the greatest feast day of the Church – Easter Vigil.  This preparation is a process which extends over time, based on the needs, questions, and situation of the individual seeking to be initiated.  Because the process is marked by celebration of various rituals included in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, and because those in process are members of the Order of Christian Initiation, it is sometimes referred to as R.C.I.A. or O.C.I.A.
 
Who enters the process of Christian Initiation?
 
o Those who are un-baptized and seeking to become informed about Catholicism.
o Those who are baptized in another faith tradition and seeking to become informed about Catholicism or who have already decided to become Roman Catholic.
o Those who are baptized Catholics who have not participated in the life and faith of the Church and seek to now complete their initiation through Confirmation and Eucharist.
 
 
What are the requirements for entering RCIA/OCIA?
 
A sincere desire to seek one’s relationship with God and with the people of God, and a desire to possibly become Catholic.
 
What can I expect from the Initiation process?
 
 Meetings are held weekly on Sunday morning.  The time commitment is from 9:00am – 11:30am.
o reflective discussion and open forum type question and answer sessions
o scripture based faith-sharing and familiarity with Catholic doctrine
o instructional sessions regarding the basics of Catholicism
o participation in various rituals and liturgical prayer experiences
o mornings or evenings of reflection and one day retreat
o support from the RCIA team, the pastoral staff, and your sponsors throughout the process