Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

The Rite of Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which persons interested in becoming Catholic or inquiring into the Catholic faith are led through a prayerful study of our faith.


Volunteers are needed to serve as sponsors, help with hospitality, and provide administrative support. Good communication skills and desire to share your faith are important. Training is provided. Sponsors must be a practicing confirmed Catholics who receive the Eucharist regularly.

Coordinator of RCIA  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does RCIA stand for?

    RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) is the process by which a person investigates the Catholic church with the possibility of becoming Catholic.

  • Can anyone attend RCIA without knowing whether he or she wants to be a Catholic?

    Yes. The purpose of RCIAis to aid a person decide through information and formation whether or not the Catholic Church is right for him or her.

  • What is a Rite?

    A Rite is a liturgical celebration and the process of faith formation.

  • How long does the process take?

    For a person baptized in another Christian religion, the process is August through May.

    For a person who has never been baptized, the process is from August to May to the Easter Vigil of the second year.

  • What does it mean when we refer to somone as "the Elect"?

    This is a person who has been presented to the Bishop and anticipates receiving the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil.

  • Can a baptized, confirmed Catholic attend RCIA just to listen and learn?

    Unfortunately, no. However, a baptized, confirmed Catholic who receives Eucharist regularly and has no marriage impediments can be a sponsor for an RCIA participant.

  • What is a Sponsor?

    A "Sponsor" is a person who walks the journey with an RCIA participant.

  • What does a sponsor do and what does a sponsor have to know?

    The sponsor's role is to share his/her faith with the participant. Theological knowledge is not a requirement, but faith and a prayer-life are essential.

  • Can my spouse or significant other come with me to RCIA?

    Yes. All adults are welcome to attend the classes.

  • What if I have to miss a class?

    Please communicate the circumstance with the program coordinator, so that appropriate accommodations can be made.

  • Can I go through RCIA and prepare to get married at the same time?

    No. Each sacrament, including the Sacrament of Marriage, requires individual preparation.

  • Can I attend RCIA if I am presently married and have been married more than once or if my spouse has been married?

    No. The previous marriage of either the participant or the spouse must be taken care of through the annulment process before one can enter the RCIA process.

  • Do I need the annulment process even if I was married by a Justice of the Peace?

    Yes! The Catholic Church recognizes all marriages as valid whether performed in the Catholic Church by a priest or not. All marriages have to be validated.

  • Is it OK to receive Communion when I come to Mass?

    The Church asks that you wait until you have made a Profession of Faith or have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist before you receive communion. However, you are invited to cross your arms over your heart and approach the Priest or Eucharistic Minister for a blessing.

  • What if I have more questions?

    Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 713.526.3276.

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