Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

Every year in the United States, thousands of men and women are baptized into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. Additionally, thousands of those who are already baptized in another Christian community are welcomed into full communion with the Catholic Church on other days.

The processes by which adults are made members of the Church is called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.). The goal of RCIA is to prepare an individual to receive the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist) and to live out their life as a Christian and a member of the Church.

 A Rite is a liturgical ceremony (prayers, actions, and symbols) that are celebrated by the Church. We call it the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults because it is centered on the Sacraments and the grace received (it is not primarily about the class or just memorizing information).

The Rite of Initiation has been used since the days of the earliest Christians (although the exact process have varied a little over the centuries). In the early church is was called the “Catechumenate”—a name that is still used to this date. (A “Catechumen” is one who is preparing to be baptized).

 There are three aspects to that preparation: Knowledge of the Faith, Preparation for the Sacraments, and the lived life of charity and prayer.

Everyone is welcome to attend the RCIA meetings. Those who generally attend are:

  • Those who are interested in receiving sacraments (becoming Catholic)
  • Those who are just interested in what the Church teaches (not planning on receiving sacraments)
  • Friends and family members who are supporting someone else in their journey
  • Fully initiated Catholics who would like to deepen their faith. 

The RCIA Group meets on Sundays in the Parish Hall: 

Sept 23-Oct 21 10am-10:50am

Oct 28 - April 28 6pm-8pm


For more information please contract David Charbonneau at (253) 649-4240 or davidc@stnicholasgigharbor.org