RCIA is the Rite of Christian Initiation
RCIA is the process of becoming Catholic. Through RCIA, candidates learn about the Catholic faith and gain support and guidance. RCIA provides an initiation into the Catholic Community of Faith for people who are experiencing a conversion in their lives and seeking full Communion with the Catholic tradition of Eucharist and Confirmation. RCIA is also called the Catechumenate. OLGC offers catechesis in preparation for the sacraments of Baptism, First Penance and First Eucharist (Communion), and Confirmation.
Start Date: Our program is year-round.
Dates and Times: Wednesdays 7:30-9:00 pm and Breaking Open the Word during Saturday 5 pm Mass
Adults and children ages 7-18 who meet any of the following criteria are invited to take part in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) or the RCIA adapted for Children:
- Unbaptized and wish to become Catholic (i.e., seek full initiation into the Catholic Church with the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and 1st Eucharist).
- Baptized Christian (non-Catholic) and would like to enter the Catholic Church from another Christian faith (i.e., enter into full communion with the Catholic Church by receiving the sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist).
- Baptized Catholic as an infant but had no further Catholic faith formation/religious education or sacraments (i.e., would like to complete your initiation into the Catholic Church by receiving the sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist).
- Adults and children ages 7-18 who were baptized Catholics as infants and celebrated their First Eucharist, but had no further Catholic religious education (i.e., would like to complete your initiation in the Catholic Church by receiving the sacrament of Confirmation).
Contact: Amy Winkler, Director of Faith Formation, 703.896.7414