The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA – 18 years and older) and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC – 11-17 years old) is a time of discernment, learning, spiritual development, and contemplation as one considers full reception into the Catholic Church.
Any adult interested in becoming a member of the Catholic Church who has not yet received any/all of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, & Holy Communion) should contact Adam Couch to set up an initial meeting to begin the Inquiry process.
RCIA/RCIC is a process that can take as little as a year to complete to several years – it all depends on the Inquirer’s discernment. Once the Inquirer decides he/she would like to enter into the Church, he/she is received by the local church and continues in instruction, prayer, and discernment. If the Candidate is ready for reception into the Church, he/she will be fully initiated into the Church at the Easter Vigil liturgy and receive the necessary Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, & Holy Communion).
Following the reception of the Sacrament(s) there is a period of Mystagogy, where they come back to reflect on the Sacrament they have received and how the Sacrament is a means of God giving them Grace and drawing them into a deeper relationship with Him. Instruction in preparation for the Sacrament is intended to draw the person into a relationship with God and not end with the reception of the Sacrament; as Catholics, we have a beautiful and rich theological history to journey with and an infinite God who is always drawing us into relationship.