The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Anyone past the age of reason who would like to become a member of the Catholic Church can request to be a participant in the process of the Rites of Christian Initiation (RCIA) The Director of Religious Education, following Church regulations and guidelines, directs this process of initiation into the Church. Participants meet together with a catechist and the church community receiving formation and information as they seek to become new members of the Catholic Church. This process usually takes one year, but may take up to three years. Participants receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism if necessary, Holy Communion and Confirmation) during the Easter Vigil Mass.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, RCIA, is the process by which interested persons gradually become fully initiated members of the Catholic Church. RCIA is a journey of faith. It is a formation process where an individual can seek inner transformation by responding to God’s call. It is a process where an individual can become aware of the beauty of the Catholic faith. It is a process where an individual hears the word of God and has an opportunity to respond to this Word in prayer and worship. RCIA is a process where an individual can discern God’s call to faith in the Catholic environment of prayer, worship, service and community.
Those eligible are:
- unbaptized, those who have no religious affiliation, Jews, Muslims, etc.
- baptized Catholics who have never received Holy Communion or Confirmation
- baptized Christians of another Christian denomination.
Anyone interested in becoming a fully initiated member of our Catholic faith can seek information on RCIA sessions by calling Sr. Elizabeth Toft at 732-222-8686.
Confirmation for Adults
A program for adults who are baptized and have made First Holy Communion but have never received the Sacrament of Confirmation is available. Any adult wishing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation should contact Sr. Elizabeth Toft at 732-222-8686. Every effort will be made to schedule classes to accommodate work schedules.