Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
RCIA is intended for any non-Catholic who is interested in learning about our faith or has a desire to become a member of the Catholic Church. It is also for Catholics who have been baptized but have not received the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist or Confirmation.
Each year on Holy Saturday during the Easter Vigil, thousands of men and women are received into the Catholic Church in the United States. Parishes welcome these new members through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and at a liturgy bringing men and women into full communion with the Catholic Church.
The USCCB has put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the RCIA process that you might find helpful.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)—For adults today, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is for those who have never been baptized (catechumens) and are seeking to convert to the Catholic Christian faith. This process is meant to form them into the fullness of the Christian life and to become disciples of Jesus, their teacher. This includes an initiation into the mystery of salvation, the practice of faith, hope, and love, and other virtues in a succession of liturgical rites. Persons baptized into another Christian church and now seeking full communion with the Catholic Church are also welcomed to participate along with catechumens in the RCIA in the process of learning about the Catholic faith and being formed in that faith. They bring to the process of preparation their prior experience of Christian life and prayer. For a baptized Christian, reception into full communion with the Catholic Church involves reception of the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation and then a Profession of Faith followed by the celebration of Confirmation and the Eucharist.
RCIA sessions are held on Tuesday evenings from September through May from 7:30 PM until 9 PM.
Contact Peggy Donley at the parish office or by email at email@example.com for more information
Immaculate Conception Church
119 West Chestnut Street
Washington, PA 15301
Immaculate Conception Weekend Service Times
Saturday Vigil: 5:30pm
Sunday: 10:30am, 12:15pm
Saint Hilary Church
320 Henderson Avenue
Washington, PA 15301
Saint Hilary Service Times
Saturday Vigil: 4:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM
Sacred Heart Church
Claysville, PA 15323
Sacred Heart Weekend Service Time