Monday, November 11, 2019
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

If you are interested in joining the Catholic Faith or you have questions about RCIA please call the church office at 815-229-0282.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which an adult enters into full communion with the Catholic Church. Individuals who attend RCIA are baptized Christians who are seeking to become Catholic. Others individuals who attend RCIA are baptized Catholics who are interested in completing their Sacraments of initiation, which are  First Communion and Confirmation. 

RCIA in English is  Monday nights from 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. in the St. Edward School Library.

RCIA in Spanish is taught by Margarita Miramontes Sunday mornings from 9:00-10:30 am in the Youth Center.

RCIA meets from October of every year until the following Easter.

A Catechumen is an unbaptized person who is preparing to be baptized.

A Candidate is a person baptized in a Christian faith who is in the process of coming into full communion with the Catholic Church. RCIA usually has a mix of both Catechumens and Candidates.

The Structure and schedule of RCIA

Period of Inquiry:

Several weeks of discernment and an introduction to the teachings of the Church.

First Step: Rite of Acceptance:

A liturgical rite marking the beginning of the catechumenate proper, when candidates express and the church accepts their intentions to respond to God's call to follow the way of Christ.  The Presider at this service is the Diocesan Bishop.

Period of the Catechumenate:

Several weeks of intensive studying and nurturing in the Catholic faith.