Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is designed for adults who, after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. By God’s help they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and at the proper time will receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Introduction to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, 1).
According to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), "The RCIA process follows the ancient practice of the church and was restored by the Second Vatican Council as the normal way adults prepare for baptism."
Catechumens are people who have not been baptized and are seeking to enter the Catholic Church through all of the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. Candidates are people who have already been baptized in a Christian tradition recognized by the Catholic Church, but are seeking full initiation into the Catholic Church through the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation.
For more information or to learn more about the Catholic faith, you may wish to visit the websites below by clicking on the images or, call a nearby parish and ask to speak with the pastor or the person who coordinates the RCIA program.
Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion
Thank you to all pastors, parish staff, and RCIA coordinators and team members for your hard work in preparing your catechumens and candidates for our diocesan Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion, and for sending and accompanying them to this liturgy. It was a great blessing to see many of you there, and to meet some of your catechumens/elect and candidates. We sincerely appreciate your support in this way! (Todd Graff and Camille Withrow / Office of RCIA)
Diocesan Pentecost Vigil Mass ...
On the Vigil of Pentecost, Saturday, May 19, our diocesan church will gather to pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the people and ministries of our diocese. Bishop Quinn will be celebrating a special Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of Pentecost, at 7:00 pm, at Pax Christi Church in Rochester.
Everyone is invited, and a special invitation is extended to those involved in the various lay movements and apostolates, retreat ministries, charismatic prayer groups, etc. present in the diocese (e.g., Communion and Liberation, Neocatechumenal Way, Teams of Our Lady, TEC, Cursillo, etc.). This Mass will also be a celebration of the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of all those women and men who will have recently entered the Church through the RCIA, along with their sponsors and everyone who has helped them on their journey.
For more information, please contact Todd Graff in the Office of Lay Formation & RCIA (Phone: 507-858-1270 / Email: email@example.com).
If you are an RCIA director and need handouts of RCIA session plans included in ACM publications, including the Leaders' Manual, Catechist Manual, and Participant's Book, please contact Camille. Discount rates available for ACM resources published by LTP through the Office of RCIA.