Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)


The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which adults become members of the Catholic Church. The process includes prayer and reflection, the study of the Catholic faith and way of life, and special rites and rituals along the way.

For more about Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, check out the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website.

Baptized individuals are in full communion with the Catholic Church when they are joined with Christ in the visible structure of the Church through the profession of faith, the reception of the sacraments, and respect and obedience toward those in authority in the Church (CIC, c. 205)

-Visible Church (attend Mass and participate in the actions of the Church on earth)

– Profess the Creed ( approved by the Magisterium)

– Receive the Sacraments (Believe in the Seven Sacraments of the Church as from Christ)

– Obedience of Faith to the Dogmas of Faith and by Religious submission of intellect and will to the teachings of the Church.

What to do first

Search your Heart and Pray for guidance. If you discern you want to learn more. We seek to lead all people to deepen or develop a relationship with Christ through the fullness of the Catholic Faith. We will walk with you on your journey with gentleness and love allowing God to speak to you. You may join us to learn, and let your faith and reason guide you. Faith Formation sessions are individualized to your faith journey and schedules. If your prayer leads you to want to learn more Contact Jim Gregory with your questions and interest or fill out the Inquirer form below.

Online Form

Jim Gregory
Director of Adult Education
570.784.0801 Ext. 4


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