Adult Entrance into the Catholic Church takes place through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). The program involves instruction on practices and beliefs of the Church and the application of the Catholic faith in today's world.
How Do I Become Catholic?
For adults, the usual way to become a member of the Catholic Church is through The Rite Of Christian Initiation Of Adults (RCIA). The RCIA is a gradual process of education and formation. Whether unbaptized or baptized in another Christian denomination, the RCIA program helps adults to grow in their relationship with God.
Sessions focus both on teachings and practices of the Catholic faith, as well as, the value and application of faith in our daily lives. The process of becoming a Catholic is a four step journey. This journey will take you through the various phases of discerning your call to become a Catholic and the living of that faith. Each person desiring to become a Catholic is accompanied by a sponsor. The sponsor may be chosen by the individual or provided by the parish. The sponsors offer support and guidance throughout the RCIA process and are encouraged to attend the weekly sessions.
RCIA begins with weekly meetings in the fall, and is concluded at Easter Vigil when candidates are Baptized, Confirmed and receive the Eucharist. Candidates who have already been baptized are received into the Church when they make a profession of faith, and receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and Eucharist. Saint Raphael Parish joins with neighboring parishes to provide instruction in the faith to all who are interested.
The first step of your journey is to complete our online RCIA registration form. We look forward to welcoming you into our Catholic community of faith.