RCIA

The pathway for adults to be received into the Church.

What is “Becoming Catholic the RCIA”?

RCIA is short for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. It is the process provided by the church to those who are interested in converting to Catholicism, are unbaptized and who are beyond the age of reason (age 7). The Rites themselves also give a place for those who are seeking full communion of the Catholic Church. Those seeking full communion would be those baptized, Catholic and non-Catholic, who have not been catechized and who have yet to receive Eucharist and Confirmation.

As with the reception of any sacraments, there is a process the Church puts forth as preparation for individuals as they work towards receiving the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and/or Confirmation, thus becoming a fully initiated Catholic.

Here are some examples of those who will be served through our Becoming Catholic the RCIA process.

  1. The unbaptized
  2. Those who have been baptized in another Christian faith
  3. Catholics who have been baptized and have not received Confession, Eucharist, and/or Confirmation

The first step of the process is to do a meet and greet with Jessica Balzarini, Director of Discipleship and Mission, balzarinij@stjohnnyb.org. She loves coffee and happy hours! This is an initial meeting to get to know the potential candidates and to talk about the process and expectations.