Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
Have you ever wondered how a person becomes a member
of the Catholic Church?
Up until about 15 years ago, if an adult was a
member of another faith denomination or had no religious upbringing
whatsoever and became interested in becoming a member of the Catholic
Church, they would meet with a priest privately for a period of time
and then would be quietly baptized or received into the Church when it
seemed appropriate. They were called "converts." In the last
two decades the church developed an entirely new ministry for
welcoming new members. It is called the R.C.I.A.
Nowadays, there are two ways to become a member of
the Catholic Church. The first way is for children under the age of
seven. They are brought to the church by people who care for them for
Baptism. As they participate in the life of the church and its
education programs, they receive their First Reconciliation, First
Eucharist and Confirmation.
The second way to "become catholic" is
geared for people from around the age of seven into adulthood. This
group prepares to enter the Church through the R.C.I.A. process. This
process is based on how people were brought into the Christian
community during the first centuries. R.C.I.A. means Rite (rituals) of
Christian Initiation of Adults (the church considering anyone over the
age of reason (about seven) to be included in this group of adults.
And so, we have an R.C.I.A. process here at Saint
Elizabeth Seton to accommodate all the people who might desire to
become full members of the Church. Examples of people who qualify
- a child around seven or older who is connected to the Church but
has not been baptized;
- someone who is a member of another faith denomination who is
feeling called to the Catholic Church;
- someone who has been connected to the Catholic Church for a
while but has never been baptized;
- someone who has been baptized in the Catholic Church but has not
received very much religious education or First Eucharist or
If you know a young
person or adult - even -you - who fits one of these descriptions,
please consider speaking with us. Call the Church Office at
We ask the prayers and support of the entire parish
community as we continue to grow in our inistry of welcoming new
members through the R.C.I.A. process.
Help Needed With The
you thought about helping out with the R.C.I.A.
(Rite of Christian
Initiation of Adults) process for a while and wondered how to get
involved? We are currently seeking new volunteers to serve as parish
sponsors and community supporters for the coming months. Helping out
with the R.C.I.A. is an amazing way to renew your own faith in the
process of helping others. If you would like to learn about this
ministry, please contact the Church Office at 529-3222
for more information.