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BECOMING CATHOLIC

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the Church’s welcoming to those who are not Catholic and wish to be. It is for:

Adults who have never been baptized as a Christian

Those who have been baptized in another Christian faith, but now want to become Catholic.

People who have been baptized as Catholics but never received, and now desire, the sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Confirmation.

RCIA is first and foremost a faith journey process. The process of conversion takes time. The commitment to gospel values and perspectives is a personal journey which is never accomplished by an educational program alone. The catechumens (non-baptized) and the candidates (baptized and seeking Eucharist and Confirmation) gather with the Catholic community at the 9:00 AM Mass on Sundays for the first part of Mass, during which, together, we hear the Scriptures, respond to them, and reflect on the meaning of God’s Word for us personally and as community through the homily. After the homily, the catechumens and candidates are dismissed with their Catechist (facilitator) to continue the process of reflection and application of the Scriptures to their own lives. Their experience will be a gradual catechesis which will cover Church doctrine, traditions, customs and practices which will be revealed by the Word of God.

The RCIA community prays together during sessions and on retreats, and together learns about different forms and styles of individual and communal prayer. Prayer, both as individuals and as members of our worship community, is at the heart of the RCIA process.

Catechumens and candidates are encouraged to reflect on their gifts and talents and share them with the larger community. The service component will hopefully inspire candidates to put their faith into action and live a life committed to the values and actions of Jesus Christ.

For more information please contact:

Donna Beam, RCIA Director at (949) 494-9701, ext. 113 or email: donna@stcathlagunabeach.com