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Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is a process by which the community initiates into its midst unbaptized adults, baptized adults from another faith denomination seeking communion with the Catholic Church, and those preparing for full initiation through the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. This process prepares them to receive the Sacraments, and to live the Catholic life of faith. Attendance at class does not obligate you to join the Catholic faith.


RCIA classes are not just for those in need of a sacrament

Do you wish you could remember what you learned in CCD or Catholic School? Do you ever wonder why you were Confirmed? Baptized? Even if you have received your sacraments, you are invited to attend the RCIA classes and connect to your Catholic faith.


What can you expect?

The sessions are informal and include: prayer, presentation, questions & answers, and a break. A specific topic is presented each evening covering a facet of the Catholic faith. The Parish Priests and members of the RCIA team present each session.

Special Rites at several Sunday Masses introduce participants to the Parish community and offer a time of blessing for the candidates and catechumens. These are held on five specific Sundays, scheduled in advance.

The Sacraments are celebrated during the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday night. The vigil is followed by a light buffet & reception for all those received into the Church and their families.


When & where does it meet?

Weekly sessions to prepare Catechumens and Candidates for the reception of the Sacraments will be held in the Parish Center. Sponsors are needed to support and encourage each person. Dates to be announced.


How often does it meet?

The sessions for 2017 - 2018 will be held on Thursdays beginning September 28th. Class dates are continuous every Thursday except Thanksgiving & Christmas vacations. You may register when you come to class or fill out the attached form and bring it with you or mail to the Parish. Donation of $40.00 includes: three books, all materials, & events.

Contact Information

Deacon John Charron - RCIA Coordinator
(858) 705-5114
deaconjohn@smpoway.org