Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

If you are interested in joining the Catholic faith through RCIA, please contact:
Dawn Della Bella – ddellabella@stalbert.org or 423-1590 x108

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.) is a journey of faith which welcomes new adult members into the Catholic Christian Community. It is for those who are:

  • not Baptized
  • Baptized in another faith, but interested in becoming Catholic

It is a journey of faith, an opportunity to examine Catholic beliefs and to experience God’s love poured out through the community. It is the parish community, through its witness, worship, service, and catechesis, that offers the invitation and support necessary for men and women to be initiated into the Church. The process is organized into 4 steps… Pre-catechumenate, Catechumenate, Purification & Enlightenment and Mystagogy.

Many individuals have joined the Catholic Church though St. Albert the Great during the past several years. Is this the year for you or someone you know? For more information or to sign-up, contact Dawn Della Bella at 423-1590 ext. 108 or ddellabella@stalbert.org

Pre-Catechumenate

Each person begins in this inquiry process. This is a time in which members of the faith community gather each week with those who seek to understand and live our faith. It is a time for inquirers to reflect on the Gospel message and the ways in which it applies to their own lives. Catholic beliefs and practices will be discussed as well as time for questions, sharing and prayer.

Catechumenate

When ample time is spent as an inquirer, those desiring to continue their journey toward full membership in the Catholic faith will enter the Catechumenate, a period of deeper instruction in the teachings of the faith. The Catechumens will be joined by a member of the Christian community who will walk with them as a sponsor on their journey. The catechumens will begin to attend mass together and be dismissed to break open the Word of God each week.

Purification and Enlightenment

At the beginning of the Lenten Season, those wishing to continue their journey toward full membership in the Catholic Faith will continue to deepen their faith through the weekly instruction sessions and Sunday dismissals. This time of intense preparation invites the participants to reflect on their own conversion. During this period, there are certain rites that help bring about the purification and enlightenment of the catechumens: the scrutanies (prayers for freedom and strength), presentations of the Creed and Lord’s Prayer, as well as the preparation rites for initiation.

Mystagogy

This period of 50 days between Easter and Pentecost is a time to better understand the Easter experience, explore the deeper meaning of the sacraments and begin to walk with the Catholic Christian community. The newly initiated will continue to break open the scriptures and to be challenged to live out the Gospel of Christ in their daily lives. This is a special time of connection with the parish community, and invitation to lifelong growth and formation in the Catholic Christian faith.