The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (often abbreviated RCIA) is the process through which interested adults and older children are gradually introduced to the Roman Catholic faith and way of life. Children who were not baptized as infants are also initiated through an adapted process of this rite.
This process includes 4 stages:
- Period of the Precatechumenate ~ The Gospel and answering their questions.
- Period of the Catechumenate ~ The Deposit of Faith.
- Period of Purification and Enlightenment ~ The truths of the Faith as they related to spirituality and prayer; mystical doctrines.
- Period of Postbaptismal Catechesis or Mystagogy ~The deeper Christian life, especially as it relates to the sacraments.
The RCIA process (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is offered for adults over the age of 18 who are invited to explore their journey of faith, the sacramental and pastoral life of the Church, and to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ as they prepare to become a member of the Catholic Church or who are preparing to complete their initiation by preparing for the sacraments of First Eucharist and/or Confirmation.
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