Christian Initiation Programs for Children, Youth, and Adults
In the Catholic Church, those who are interested in becoming Catholic, or need to complete their sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist), or were baptized into another Christian faith and wish to become Catholic, join a program called the R.C.I.A.
R.C.I.A. stands for Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (or children). This program is a journey where one learns more about the Catholic faith and specifically, the sacraments they will receive.
Those entering into this program are placed into a group based on their age level and the stage they are at in their journey (the sacraments they need to receive). The first stage is a period of inquiry where basic information about the Catholic church is received and shared. It is a structured, instructional and interactive program that begins in mid-September and ends just after Easter.