Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or RCIA, is a process for those interested in becoing Catholic. It is a process with roots tracing back to the earliest days of Christian communties, when all members shared their faith with newcomers as a way of teaching them about the new life in Christ.

In general there are four identifiable periods of the RCIA process. First is Inquiry, the time for exploring the possibility of becoming Catholic. A person who is interested meets with others learning more about the Catholic faith and the group has opportunities to ask questions about Catholicism and explore his/her faith. A person may continue these sessions as long as he or she wished without making any commitment to moving to the second phase.

When a person decies to proceed with the process he or she moves into the second period called the Catechumenate. During this period the catechumens (unbaptized) and candidates (baptized) are provided instruction in Scripture and the Catholic Tradition.

The third phase is the period of Enlightenment, which coincides with Lent. It it s a time of prayer and reflection in preparation for the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil. Through these sacraments a person becomes a full member of the Catholic Church.

The last part of the process is Mystagogy, which is an opportunity to reflect on the experience and meaning of the sacraments that one has received. In addition, it is to continue one’s formation, education, and to assist in getting integrated into the life of the Catholic community.

For more information, please contact Fr. Russell Lowe at 216-252-2332 or email : frrusslowe@olangels.org