Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a process of journeying toward Full Initiation into the Catholic Church through the sacraments of Baptism and/or Confirmation and Eucharist.

The process includes the following steps:

  1. Pre-Catechumenate

    This is the earliest phase in the process; it is also known as the Period of Inquiry. Catechumens and Candidates acknowledge that Christ is calling them into the Church through the movement of the Holy Spirit. This is a time for seeking and reflection.

  2. Rite of Acceptance

    The first Rite in the RCIA process accepts new members into the worshiping community.

  3. Catechumenate

    The longest part of the process, the Catechumenate is a time of learning and formation in the traditions and doctrine of the Catholic Church. This is a time for sharing stories, reading scripture, and studying the Church customs, traditions and doctrine. Participants also participate in worship services and various Church rituals.

  4. Rite of Election

    Catechumens and Candidates are chosen to be received by the bishop and the community and to receive the Sacraments of Initiation.

  5. Sacraments of Initiation

    At the Easter Vigil (Holy Saturday), all newly elected members of the community who have been journeying through the RCIA process are welcomed formally into the community of believers through receiving the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.

  6. Mystagogy

    This is a time of reflection and celebration after the formal reception into the Catholic Church. Mystagogia means “leading into the mystery” and it is a time to explore the deep mystery of our faith and go forth to help build the reign of God on Earth as new members of the faithful.


RCIA Adapted for Children

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults for Children is the process in which children, seven years of age and above, are initiated into the Catholic Church. This includes children who are not baptized or who were baptized as infants and have no formal faith formation.

Both processes are taking registrations now.

RCIA will begin in September 

For more information, please contact the Parish Office 231-627-2105 or email kims@cprparishes.org.