The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults - Non-Baptized
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults [RCIA] is a process by which non-baptized adults and children, who have reached the age of 7, are initiated into full membership within the Roman Catholic Church through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil. Younger members use the same process, adapted for their age level.
The goal of the initiation process is to form disciples who live the mission of Jesus Christ and “Go into the whole world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15). The good news is proclaimed in word and deed in homes, neighborhoods, workplaces, towns, and cities—to every part of the world. The heart of the initiation process is conversion— conversion to Jesus Christ.
This conversion involves sharing in the Paschal Mystery, the dying and rising in Christ, and challenges us to conform our lives to the Gospel. It involves one’s head, heart, and feet. It means to know Jesus Christ, to believe the good news, and to put it into practice. Conversion is a life-long journey. The initiation process leads those being initiated to embrace such a conversion, which nurtures their life-long journey of faith.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults provides a vision of the community walking with a candidate as God awakens in that candidate a desire for a faith relationship as the Holy Spirit opens the candidate’s mind and heart. The candidate is drawn into the mystery of God’s love. Such an invitation calls the candidate to turn away from sin and to lead a life worthy of a disciple of Christ.
The Process and Apprenticeship (18 and older)
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