The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the church’s ritual process for calling adults to a conversion of mind and heart and preparing them for a full and active life in the church as disciples of Jesus. During the process, which is spread over a period of time, adults participate in liturgical rites that mark the progress of their journey as well as sessions that provide formation in the faith and an understanding of the Catholic way of life. The process culminates in the celebration of the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
Although the RCIA is primarily intended for those who have never been baptized, it includes adaptations for those already baptized in another Christian tradition and even those baptized Catholic but who never were confirmed or received Eucharist. The process culminates for those baptized in another Christian tradition through a profession of faith and coming into full communion with the Catholic Church through Confirmation and the Eucharist. Previously baptized Catholics complete their initiation through the reception of Confirmation and the Eucharist.
Because the process of becoming a Christian is about conversion and the transformation of the whole person, it is difficult to determine how long the process will take. Every person is treated as an individual with a unique history and background. Those in the process are led one step at a time to the sacraments of initiation and incorporation in to parish life.
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