About: RCIA is an acronym for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. The RCIA is a process whereby adults and children (catechetical age of seven or older) can learn about the Catholic Church and so discern whether to become Catholic Christians. If the person is unbaptized, then the process leads to their Baptism, usually at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night. If the person is baptized in another Christian tradition, then the process prepares this person to be received into the Catholic Church by making a profession of faith as a Catholic. After the Baptism or profession of faith, the person receives the sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Eucharist at the same vigil.
Adults or children interested in becoming Catholic, or those who just want to inquire further into the Catholic faith, usually attend weekly sessions held in the parish. At some point in this process they indicate that they are ready to enter the formal process of becoming Catholic. The total process until Easter Vigil is several months. The participants learn the Catholic Christian way of life through instruction and being in the midst of the members of the parish community. Parishioners can participate in this process as sponsors, (Catholics who share their faith and “walk with” the candidates as they journey into the Catholic Church), mentors, or those who give witness (former participants of the RCIA process).
Time: Mondays from 7:00pm – 9:00pm (August – May) .
Coordinator: Fr. Peter DiTomasso – (717) 642-8815
Note: More information can be found on our Become a Member page.