What is the RCIA? Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
Are you seeking to explore the Catholic faith? The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the process by which the unbaptized, and baptized Christians of other faith traditions, may explore, discover, and deepen a relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ and enter into Christian discipleship lived in and strengthened through the sacraments of the Catholic Church. It is a ritual process, as opposed to a program, characterized by an awakening or conversion of the heart that leads one to a life of Christian discipleship. The sacraments of initiation are Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. These sacraments are the foundations of the Christian life and through them, we enter into the mystery of Jesus Christ’s saving death and Resurrection.
Come and see how the RCIA process has touched people's lives!
Our Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults community has remained vibrant throughout the pandemic, meeting virtually every Sunday morning to accompany a growing number of seekers in their faith journey. To celebrate the fruit of renewal this Easter season with all of our parish family, we will feature different candidates and catechumens, including the newly initiated, to share their reflections on the RCIA process. We meet year-round, so now is always the time to step into this journey of deeper faith and preparation for the sacraments of initiation. Contact Lee Hulburt to enter this journey anytime.
COVID-19 Modifications to the RCIA Process- June 15th California Tier System is ended.
We return to in person sessions at the church begin July 18th! Sundays, 10-11:30am
How does Saint Brigid's RCIA process flow?
The RCIA process at Saint Brigid Parish exists year-round, so people may enter the process when they feel called. Our process consists of weekly sessions on Sunday mornings, following the 9 am Mass. It's very much an individual journey, walked with and supported by others in the faith community. Since our process is not tied to a strict timeline, we welcome everyone, whether you are unbaptized, a baptized Christian, or an adult baptized Catholic, to join our community whenever you are called. While it’s generally true that the road to initiation is shorter for most baptized Christians, the unbaptized person needs a more comprehensive approach to faith, belief, and practice. Because of our community approach, the process for each individual can be personalized. Therefore, the journey simply takes as long as it takes. We welcome all inquiries and look forward to meeting you soon. Come and see!
"When somebody has an answer for every question, it is a sign that they are not on the right road.... God infinitely transcends us; he is full of surprises."
Pope Francis, Gaudete et exsultate, #41 (Rejoice and be Glad)