The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
“…At every time and in every place, God draws close to man. He calls man to seek him, to know him, to love him with all his strength. He calls together all men, scattered and divided by sin, into the unity of his family, the Church.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1)
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is for un-baptized adults, those who have been baptized in another faith tradition, as well as for adults who have been baptized Catholic and have not received the sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation.
The Rite of Christian Initiation is not a program
It is the church’s way of ministering sensitively to those who seek membership. For that reason some people will need more time than others to prepare for the lifetime commitment that comes with membership in the Catholic Church. Sometimes those who come into the RCIA have issues regarding marriages that must be addressed and annulments that must be obtained before they can come into the Church.