Becoming Catholic


The Second Vatican Council instituted the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, or RCIA, some 40 years ago. Its history stems from the earliest days of the Christian Church and has been handed on to us. This Rite is understood to be the norm for all Initiation.



What is RCIA?

RCIA stands for Rite of Christian Initiation
of Adults and it is the formal process that
allows individuals to become members of
the Catholic Church.

What if I have questions about Catholicism?

Joining RCIA does NOT mean you HAVE to
the Church.  You are welcome to come to sessions, learn and ask questions.

What if I am not ready to join the Church?

If you feel that you are not ready to enter into the Catholic Church at that time, we
will support
you until make that commitment.

The Catholic Church wants to welcome
you and
educate you, never pressure you
and that is what
the process is about.


What happens during the RCIA sessions?

Throughout the process you will learn
key beliefs of the Catholic faith
and its history. You will have the op-
portunity to ask questions,
inquire about
your doubts, concerns and dis
different aspects of the faith.  The
are relaxed and usually have
a small group
setting.  The sessions are
held once a week.

Who is RCIA for?

RCIA is for those who have never been
baptized, have been baptized into another
denomination and is considering becoming
Catholic or baptized Catholic but has never received Eucharist and Confirmation.

How do I inquire more about RCIA?

Call or email the St. Rita Parish Office at
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