RCIA Information Page
R.C.I.A. stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Simply, it is both the formation process and the liturgical celebrations that prepare someone to become Catholic and the reception of sacraments by which the person actually becomes Catholic. The RCIA process is for adults who have not been baptized, or who have been baptized in a different Christian tradition, who would like to become Catholic. Through a process of learning, prayer, and public steps toward coming fully into the Church, adults prepare to receive the fullness of the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil or on Divine Mercy Sunday.
What Does the RCIA Process Look Like?
It's important to understand that the RCIA process may be a little different for each person. Below is a general description, but your exact process will be determined when have your initial appointment to get started.
The RCIA process at St. Francis of Assisi begins with an appointment with our Director of Faith Formation, Craig King, or when you attend one of our parish RCIA Information Nights. In this first meeting we would like to learn more about you and any religious background that you have had. We will further explain the RCIA process and answer any questions that you have.
After this first meeting you have begun the first phase of formation. Formally we call this the Inquiry Period. This phase of formation is meant to lay some groundwork until the formal classes begin.
Formal classes begin in late August. These classes are meant to give you a systematic formation in the Catholic Faith. We meet every Tuesday evening through the end of the Easter season.
Those who are fully prepared to receive the sacraments will come into full communion with the Catholic Church around Easter time.
If you may be interested in starting the RCIA process, or just learning more about the process, the first step is to contact Craig King, our parish Faith Formation Director. You will begin with a brief and informal conversation where you will learn more about the process and we can learn more about you. Craig can be contacted by email at King@sfahdnv.org
We are currently meeting with those who may be interested in going through the RCIA process. Please email Craig at the above email address to schedule an appointment.