What is the RCIA?
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the class where an adult of any background, non-religious or faith, is able to learn about Catholicism to consider joining the Catholic Church and also where a baptized Catholic adult is able to continue learning about their Catholic Faith in order to complete one or more of their Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and First Communion.
Why is the RCIA held in high regard?
Many adults today have questions about multiple facets of Catholicism. The RCIA classes held within each Catholic parish allows the relaxed setting where all adults of all faiths or non-religious to attend classes and not only learn about the Catholic Faith, but begin to ponder its mysteries and ask as many questions as their hearts and minds desire. It is a free zone to learn about the Church Christ instituted that still continues to today, and will continue until His Second Coming.
What will I learn in the RCIA class?
You will learn everything from the reason why the Catholic Church is the Church Christ instituted on earth, to the mystery of the Triune God, to the Sacraments and why they exist as well as how they are practiced, to Social Justice and Religious Freedom Issues, to Virtue and Grace, as well as Sin, and the Four Last Things. You will also learn why you were created and for what purpose. There is no such class as the RCIA!
How do I join a RCIA class?
There is an RCIA class taught at every Catholic Church in the world. Please go to our Parish Locator and find the closest parish near you. Contact them and ask to join the class. Typically, classes start in September and finish four to five weeks after Easter Sunday. If you are mid-year, still contact the parish and they will be able to direct you!