The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the standard process used throughout the world to initiate adults and children into the Roman Catholic Church. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the Catholic Church, or if you would like to sponsor someone, please fill out the form at the bottom of this description. A sponsor is a person who is a practicing Catholic who walks this journey with a Catechumen
(a person not baptized)or Candidate
(someone who is baptized).
In the process the sponsor’s faith, too, is strengthened. The RCIA is a faith journey for those desiring to enter the Catholic Church and for those who wish to complete their initiation into the Church. The “Inquirers” include non-baptized persons, people baptized in another Christian tradition and those Catholics baptized but never catechized. There are several stages in the process. Each is marked by a Rite celebrated with the Catholic Community at a weekend Mass. The Precatechumenate (also called Inquiry)
is a time to ask questions about the Church and experience with Catholics how they live their faith through Scripture, prayer, and faith sharing. Celebration/Rite:
The Church celebrates the “Rite of Acceptance in the Order of Catechumens” for the unbaptized and “Rite of Welcoming the Candidates” for those who are baptized during a 9:00am Sunday Mass in the Fall. The Catechumenate
is a period of deepening faith and understanding of the Church that focuses on prayer, worship, catechesis (teaching), service, and community. Participants also “Break Open the Word” each Sunday during 9:00am Mass Celebration/Rite:
Celebration of the “Rite of Election” for the unbaptized and “Rite of Calling to Continuing Conversion” for those who are baptized takes place at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception the first Sunday in Lent. That morning at 9:00 Mass the parish celebrates a Rite of Sending
the Candidates to the Bishop at the Cathedral. Purification and Enlightenment:
This is the time of final preparation by prayer and fasting to receive the Sacraments of Initiation. During this time there is a Lenten Retreat the third weekend in Lent at which those who are Baptized receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. a Penitential Rite
of prayer for the Baptized the second Sunday in Lent at 9:00 Mass and Scrutinies
prayed for the unbaptized the 3rd
Sundays at 9:00 Mass. Celebration/Rite:
At the Easter Vigil unbaptized individuals receive Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist. Those Baptized in another Christian Faith receive Confirmation and Eucharist. Those Baptized Catholic will later be Confirmed by Bishop Rhoades. If they have not yet received the Eucharist, they will receive the First Holy Communion at the Easter Vigil.
In addition to the Christ Renews His Parish weekends and the Order of Christian Initiation of Adult retreats, Saint Jude parishioners have arranged times for private retreats at Gethsemani and other locations.