Christ The King Parish
Serving Parishioners of the Comox Valley

What is the RCIA?

The RCIA, which stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is a process through which non-baptized men and women enter the Catholic Church. It includes several stages marked by study, prayer and rites at Mass. Participants in the RCIA are known as catechumens. They undergo a process of conversion as they study the Gospel, profess faith in Jesus and the Catholic Church, and receive the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Holy Eucharist. The RCIA process follows the ancient practice of the Church and was restored by the Second Vatican Council as the normal way adults prepare for baptism. With the media reporting stories of how major Christian religions are experiencing great "slippage" in the numbers of their memberships, it is worth repeating that the Catholic Church in Canada gains more new members every year than any other religion.

Who are the people who join our Church today?

Young people who are engaged to marry Catholics are one of the groups. At this important time in their lives, young couples want to share their faith lives and values.

Young parents who are married to Catholics but are not Catholics themselves who are expecting their first baby or have children starting school. These people often find that this is the time to join a faith community that will help them find God in their lives and establish moral values in their families.

People who are baptized either in the Catholic faith or another Christian religion but were not brought up or educated in the religion. As the years go by they may seek to return to their Christian roots. The Catholic Church offers them a helping hand.

People who have experienced grief and tragedy in their lives and are seeking to make sense of it. So often we hear people say, "I had Catholic friends and neighbors who had great suffering in their lives and their faith seemed to sustain them. I want to find a faith like that."

People from all backgrounds who are seeking God in their lives - looking for answers to Life and Death questions. The Catholic Church offers great traditions of Scripture study, the worship of God in vibrant liturgies, intellectual studies in theology, joyful celebrations through the sacraments, care for the sick and the dying and love and hope for the poor of the world. The people who join our Church today are people who are very involved in life as it is lived today.

How does a person become Catholic?

As mentioned above, the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is a process by which the Catholic Church welcomes new members into its communal life. The RCIA is a living experience of life and not just a series of classes which teach knowledge about the Church. Although there is instruction in the facts of the faith, instruction is but one part of the larger experience of living with members of the Church.

Who is the RCIA for?

It is for non-Christian men and women, for Christians who are baptized but have no religious training, for "resting" Catholics who want to come back to the faith.

How can someone join the RCIA?

It's never too late! Persons intereste
d in learning about the Catholic faith can register for Christ the King's RCIA process. The RCIA process consists of presentations and discussions of current Catholic thought. It is designed for those adults who are interested in joining our faith community or wish to learn more about the Catholic Church. The RCIA is for the non-baptized and for those who have been baptized in another faith tradition. RCIA is also for Catholics who have not been raised in our faith tradition or have not received the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation.

Please feel free to contact the parish office for more information.


Right of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Date last updated: 29 May 2008

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