Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
RCIA is the process by which an adult person is initiated into the Catholic Church, through Baptism, Confirmation, and First Holy Communion. Through this process the adult is formed in the Christian faith, with the local parish community serving as both catechists and models.
RCIA is also the process by which adults may attain “full communion” with the Catholic Church. This means that adults in the following status may participate in the RCIA process:
* Un-baptized adults
* Adults baptized in non-Trinitarian formula
* Adults baptized as Catholic, but lack First Holy Communion and Confirmation
* Adults baptized & confirmed infants in the Catholic Church, but lack First Holy Communion
* Adults baptized in other Christian Churches, in the Trinitarian formula w/water
Adults that have been away from the church will also benefit from participation in this process. These persons will find participation in this process to be both informative and spiritually enlightening.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC)
RCIA is a parallel process to that of RCIA but for children/youth above the age of reason that have not yet reached adulthood. Instructional materials are geared to this younger audience.