Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process used by Catholic parishes to welcome and prepare adults who are exploring becoming Catholic (or if already Catholic, completing their Sacraments of Initiation).
It is a journey of faith in community, during which information about the Catholic faith is shared and the drawing of one’s heart closer to God are joined to help the person live a fuller Christian life.
We meet weekly on Tuesday evenings beginning in mid-September and ending in April.If the participant chooses to complete the process and is ready, they generally join the Church and receive their Sacraments at the celebration of the Easter Vigil, on Holy Saturday evening.
RCIA Witness Testimonials
Pete was never baptized and his wife and children are all Catholic. He writes of his RCIA experience, “I had been attending Mass for over 30 years. I had put off going to the class because it seemed like I would never be able to get it done. If I had it to do all over again I would have done it MANY years ago. It was a great experience and it went by really fast. It was a true blessing that came at the right time in my life. Now my wife says that we get to spend all of eternity together and I can’t imagine eternity without her. Take the step to join RCIA, you won’t regret it.”
— Pete Proctor
“Before I started RCIA I was really searching for a spiritual home, a place with strong morals and values for my family, and to connect with my Polish Catholic roots. I did not realize what an impactful personal spiritual journey I was about to discover. I never knew where people obtained Faith and one day it clicked for me…all I need to do was accept this gift from God and I too could be filled with Faith. What a life changing moment! From that moment, normal life anxieties and fears seemed to take on a different role. I no longer felt alone battling so many of life’s challenges."
— Allie Krass
Are You a Returning Catholic? Welcome Home!
No matter how long you have been away from the Church, you can always come home. Some returning Catholics will choose to participate in the RCIA process as a way to get reacquainted with Church teachings/practices and as a way to immerse themselves again in a parish community. We invite you to join our Tuesday evening sessions beginning in September and running through April. You will be surrounded by a loving and welcoming community willing to share their love of Christ and our beautiful Catholic faith.
For Catholics who have been away from the faith for some time and received their Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion), the fitting way to return to the Church is through the Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession. It would be best to make an appointment with our pastor, Father Pat Sullivan, so he can walk you through the confession process. Please call 913-422-5700 to make an appointment.
If you have any questions about returning to the Church, confession or the RCIA process, please reach out to Char Mies, RCIA Coordinator.