Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process through which interested adults are gradually introduced to the Roman Catholic faith and way of life. The RCIA is a communal process of formation moving toward the Easter Vigil. At this time, the adult becomes a full member of the Roman Catholic Church.

The entire RCIA process usually takes several months and involves transitioning through four stages. Unbaptized adults undertaking this journey of initiation are called "catechumens." They are preparing for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Because the RCIA is such a rich process, it also includes people already baptized in other Christian faiths who want to become Catholic. These adults are called "candidates for full communion."

Our RCIA classes are held on Thursday evenings, beginning at 6:30pm. Please contact Debbie Smith, Coordinator of Religious Education, for more information 623.465.9740 x105 dsmith@stroseanthem.com