Becoming Catholic - The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
                                        The Rite of Christian Initiation of Children

Registration for RCIA

1.  Contact Joshua Wattenbarger at 702.304.3005.
2.  Adults already baptized either Catholic or Protestant must provide a copy of their Baptismal   Certificate.
3.  Complete and return the RCIA Registration Form.  (see below)   
4.  Sessions are held on Tuesdays from 7:00 PM-9:00 PM at St. Joseph's.

Registration for RCIC

1.  Contact Jill Bugay at 702.304.3003.
2.  A copy of the child's Birth Certificate must be provided.
3.  Complete and return the RCIC Registration Form.  (see below)
4.  Sessions are held on Sundays from 9:30 AM-10:45 AM at St. Joseph's.
5.  Mandatory parent meetings are held on Sundays from 9:30 AM-10:45 AM at St. Joseph's.
What is R.C.I.A.?

First off the letters stand for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
is a PROCESS not a PROGRAM.  The process is one of a spiritual journey leading to a deepening of one’s relationship with God through scripture and the teachings of the Catholic Church.

This process is also centered around the Liturgy.  How?  There are several Rites (read rituals) that take place during a Sunday liturgy that marks the progress of the individuals seeking to become members of the Catholic Church.

The process begins with a Period of Inquiry.  Individuals are given and introduction to the scripture and Church teachings. It also provides an opportunity for the inquirer to ask questions.  
For some, this process involves a long period of searching; for others, a shorter time.  
After conversation with an advisor or spiritual guide, the person, known as an “inquirer,” may decide to seek acceptance into the Order of Catechumens. The inquirer stands amidst the parish community and states that he or she wants to become a baptized member of the Catholic Church. The parish assembly affirms this desire and the inquirer becomes a “catechumen.

What is R.C.I.A.? Part Two

The first Rite is the Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens. It is for inquirers in the RCIA process who are preparing for their Baptism. They are now ready to publicly declare their intention to continue their journey towards becoming Catholics.

At this Rite, they are asked to more fully embrace the Gospel message with the help of God, and are also signed with the Cross to show that they now belong to Christ.  
In this Rite, the parish community has the opportunity to more fully participate in and pray for those in the RCIA process.  

The Period of the catechumenate can last for as long as several years or for a shorter time. It depends on how the person is growing in faith, what questions they encounter along the way, and how God leads them on this journey. During this time the catechumens consider what God is saying to them in the scriptures, what changes in their life they want to make to respond to God’s inspiration, and what membership in the Catholic Church involves.
When a catechumen and the parish team working with him or her believes the person is ready to make a faith commitment to Jesus in the Catholic Church, the next step is the request for baptism and the celebration of the Rite of Election.

What is R.C.I.A.? Part Three

The Rite of Election
This rite includes the enrollment of names of all those seeking baptism at the coming Easter Vigil. On the first Sunday of Lent, the catechumens and their sponsors gather at the parish for the Rite of Sending. The catechumens publicly request baptism. Their names are recorded in a book and they are called “the elect.” Later that same day they   assemble at the cathedral and are presented to the Bishop as being ready for the Easter Sacraments.
The days of Lent are the final Period of Purification and Enlightenment leading up to the celebration of initiation at the Easter Vigil. Lent is a period of preparation marked by prayer, study, and spiritual direction for the elect, and prayers for them by the parish communities.
The third step is the Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation, which takes place during the Easter Vigil Liturgy on Holy Saturday when the catechumen receives the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Holy Eucharist. Now the person is a fully initiated member of the Catholic Church.

What is R.C.I.A.? Part Four

What is meant when people refer to men and women coming into "full communion with the Church"?
Coming into full communion with the Catholic Church describes the process for entrance into the Catholic Church for men and women who are baptized Christians but not Roman Catholics. These individuals make a profession of faith but are not baptized again. To prepare for this reception, the people, who are called “candidates,” usually participate in a process to help them understand and experience the teachings and practices of the Catholic Church. But the preparation for candidates is different since they have already been baptized and committed to Jesus Christ, and many have also been active members of other Christian communities.
Depending on the individual the preparation may last six to eight months or shorter.

What is R.C.I.A.? Part Five

The Rite of Initiation is for adults and children over the age of seven that have NEVER been baptized.
The process is also for adults that have been baptized as a Catholic but never received Communion or Confirmation.
It is also for adults that have been baptized in another Christian denomination and are choosing to become Catholic
The length of the process for non-baptized adults is a minimum of one year.  For children it is a 2 year process and in order for the child to attend a parent or guardian is required to attend the parent sessions each week.