The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process
by which adults prepare and receive the Sacraments of Initiation
(Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist).
RCIA consists of four distinct periods of formation:
of Inquiry – This is a period, of no fixed duration or structure,
for inquiry and introduction to gospel values, an opportunity for
the beginnings of faith.
Period of the
Catechumante - The first period of the Catechumenal process is
evangelization, which seeks to introduce candidates to Christ, by:
a) “faithfully and constantly” proclaiming the “living God and Jesus
Christ whom he has sent for the salvation of all” (RCIA 36), b) “a
suitable explanation of the Gospel” (RCIA 38), c) an opportunity for
the beginnings of faith (RCIA 37).
Purification & Enlightenment - The second period of the
Catechumenal Process in which, after the Rite
of Acceptance, catechumens enter into "an extended period of time" and
are "given a suitable pastoral formation and guidance", aimed at
training them in the Christian life (RCIA 75).
of Postbaptismal Catechesis/Mystagogia - The final period of the
Catechumenal process which, the newly Baptized, "neophytes”,
and the newly initiated grow “in deepening their grasp of the paschal
mystery and in making it part of their lives” through “meditation on
the Gospel, sharing in the Eucharist, and doing works of
Charity” (RCIA 244). The immediate period of mystagogy is from Easter to
Pentecost, however the National Statutes for implementation in the USA
also recommend and extended mystagogy for one year (RCIA 247, 251).
Please contact our parish office at 623-930-1127 to learn more.