Becoming Catholic and RCIA

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which adults come into full communion with the Catholic Church. The RCIA will introduce you to the teachings of Jesus as the Catholic Church has handed them down to us today. It takes place in your local parish and involves a period of preparation before receiving some or all of the Sacraments of Initiation, which include Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. The process can vary based on your individual circumstances.

If you aren't sure about which parish to contact, consider talking to friends or neighbors to learn which parish they belong to. Find a parish near you by clicking here. Parish priests and staff members will be happy to talk with you about becoming Catholic (although, it may be best to set an appointment during the week, since Sundays are the busiest days for parishes, which often have very small staff sizes). If you decide that you want to enter the process to become Catholic, the parish priest or staff member will discuss what the process will entail for you.