The Church provides the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults("RCIA"), a process formation in the Catholic Christian way of life, which is also called the "Christian initiation" or "Catechumenate."
This process is for un-baptized adults and children of school age. Christian Initiation is a gradual process and begins with INQUIRY, exploring the possibility of becoming Catholic. During the time people have the opportunity to ask questions about the church and hear the message and how Catholic live out that message. If the person inquiring decides to pursue becoming catholic he/she enters the Catecumenate. This time allows for the person to hear the proclamation of the gospel, experience catechesis (the passing on of the teachings of the church), prayer, spiritual direction, observing the liturgical year, meeting members of the parish and joining with the parish in the work ofjustice and peace. During this period various rites with the person reflect his or her spiritual growth and the love and concern of the parish community. Celebration of the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist take place at the Easter Vigil. This is followed by a period of reflection on the sacraments and for integration into parish life known as MYSTAGOGIA.
Adults who were baptized Catholic but never catechized, never celebrated confirmation or First Holy Communion are included I this process. Adults seeking to become Catholic who are active Christians, baptized in another Christian denomination, do need an understanding of Catholic beliefs, an acquaintance with the liturgical life of church and the Catholic community before making a commitment to the Catholic church. Each person’s situation is evaluated and his/her needs are met in an appropriate way.