INTERESTED IN BECOMING CATHOLIC?
If you're considering becoming Catholic, or a Catholic that never received First Reconciliation and First Eucharist, then the RCIA process (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) might be for you.
What is RCIA?
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults introduces adults to the teachings of the Catholic Church, the Bible, and the Sacramental Life. Although specifically designed for those thinking about becoming Catholic, this program is also suited for Catholics wanting to learn more about the teachings of the Church, and for others who are just wondering what the Catholic Church is all about.
RCIA prepares men and women to make a conscious choice whether or not they want to receive the sacraments of initiation offered by the Catholic Church (Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation).
EXPLORING WHAT'S RIGHT
Not sure if you want to become Catholic? Not a problem! In fact, we’re assuming this is the case. The initial sessions are designed to answer some fundamental questions and give you a feel for what the process will entail. After the first few classes, we’ll explore the core Christian message while beginning to answer your questions.
WHAT IF I’M ALREADY CATHOLIC AND WANT TO RECEIVE CONFIRMATION?
For Catholics who have already been baptized and received their First Eucharist, we offer an Adult Confirmation process, which may be a better fit for you than RCIA.
I AM ALREADY CONFIRMED, IS RCIA RIGHT FOR ME?
Many of us stopped learning about our Catholic faith when we received the Sacrament of Confirmation in our early teens. Confirmation was supposed to be the time when we chose the Catholic faith for ourselves at the “age of reason,” but many of us realize that we weren’t aware enough to say “yes.” Often, we don’t fully engage in our spiritual journey until much later in life. It’s not uncommon for us to realize as adults that we want to know more about our faith, and to wrestle with some of the more difficult questions we have.
RCIA is an opportunity for you to explore your faith. It is also a chance to see your faith through the eyes of people exploring it for the first time.
IS RCIA APPROPRIATE FOR CHILDREN?
RCIA – Adapted for Children is for unbaptized children and children baptized in another Christian denomination who are seven years and older. It is a two-year process and follows a school year calendar. We begin registration in August and sessions begin in September on Sunday mornings.
Our adults in RCIA have an opportunity to grow in their relationship with God, themselves, and the other adults who are also considering joining the Catholic Church. At our weekly sessions, we learn together, ask questions, and encourage one another in our journey of faith.
Prince of Peace has two RCIA groups that meet at different times of the year. One group meets from January to November and another from August to May.
Depending on your faith journey, you may also be asked to attend three or four Saturday evening sessions that are significant milestones in the RCIA process, as well as the 9:00 am Mass on Sundays and other events.
We recognize that many people have work and family schedules that will not allow them to be at every meeting. That said, it’s best if you attend most meetings because each lesson builds on earlier ones. If you have to miss an evening, we’ll provide ways for you to catch up on what you miss.
TAKING THAT FIRST STEP
The first step to explore the RCIA process is to schedule a meeting with Deacon Robert Trahan in the Christian Initiation Ministry and let us together see how we can best help you to grow closer to Christ, grow in faith, and receive the Sacraments of Initiation.