RCIA: Becoming Catholic

Opening the Doors to the Catholic Faith

RCIA deepens relationships with Jesus Christ and understanding of the Catholic Church, its teachings, and living a Christian life.


What brought you to become catholic?

why would you invite someone to rcia?

What to Expect

The RCIA process is comprised of four phases with each phase focused on coming to know the Lord more deeply. The person seeking to join the Church is introduced to beliefs, life, liturgy and ministry in the Catholic community.

Period of the Catechumenate

This is the time, in duration corresponding to the progress of the individual, for the nurturing and growth of the catechumens’ faith and conversion to God; celebrations of the Word and prayers of exorcism and blessing are meant to assist the process.

Period of Postbaptismal Catechesis or Mystagogy

This is the time, usually the Easter season, following the celebration of initiation, during which the newly initiated experience being fully a part of the Christian community by means of both penitent catechesis and particularly by participation with all the faithful in the Sunday Eucharistic celebration.

Period of Evangelization and Precatechumenate

This is a time, of no fixed duration or structure, for inquiry and introduction to Gospel values, an opportunity for the beginnings of faith.

Period of Purification and Enlightenment

This is the time immediately preceding the elects’ initiation, usually the Lenten season preceding the celebration of this initiation at the Easter Vigil; it is a time of reflection, intensely centered on conversion, marked by celebration of the scrutinies and presentations and of the preparation rites on Holy Saturday.