What is the RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults?

The RCIA is primarily intended for those who are unbaptised and preparing to receive the sacraments of initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil.

It is the inspiration and the structure of how a community ministers to someone who sets out on the path to adult initiation (and children of catechetical age) in the Catholic Church.

There are four major periods in the initiation process, separated by various liturgical rituals, which express and celebrate what is occurring at each stage in the process.

The four major periods in the initiation process
Period Of Evangelisation And Pre-Catechumenate - Rite Of Acceptance Into The Order Of Catechumens

Period Of Catechumenate - Rite Of Election

Period Of Purification And Enlightenment - Celebration Of The Sacraments At The Easter Vigil

Period Of Mystagogy - Celebration With The Bishop At St Patrick’s Cathedral

He took the bread and said the blessing; then he broke it and handed it to them. And their eyes were opened.Luke 24:13-35

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