Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA); Teens and Children

 Rite of Christian Initiation

Each year on Holy Saturday during the Easter Vigil,  thousands of men and women are received into the Catholic Church in the United States. Parishes welcome these new members through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and at a liturgy bringing men and women into full communion with the Catholic Church. Listed below are some questions and answers about RCIA. 

RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

RCIA is our ministry for those exploring the Catholic faith for the first time. Our program serves individuals who would like to explore becoming a member of the Catholic Church. The process begins with an inquiry session that allows candidates to explore how the program can serve their needs. Typically, inquiry sessions are held at various times during the summer. Candidates that choose to continue, then participate in informal instruction that runs from September to Easter.

This process serves as a beautiful journey for:

  • Adults who have never been baptized.
  • Christians who wish to learn more about and convert to the Catholic faith.
  • Catholics who have been baptized but have not yet received Eucharist and Confirmation.

RCIC - Rite of Christian Initiation for Children

RCIC is our ministry for any children who are past the age of seven and have not yet received the sacraments of Baptism and/or Holy Eucharist.

RCIT - Rite of Christian Initiation for Teens

RCIT is our ministry for teens ages fourteen to eighteen who wish to celebrate the sacrements of Baptism, Holy Eucharist and/or Confirmation.To learn more about the process of being received into the Catholic Church at St. Andrew the Apostle Parish, call 856-783-0550 or email Kate Vukicevich in the Religious Education Office.   

Religious Education - 856-783-0550
Jim Hemschoot, Pastoral Associate for Life-Long Formation
Email: JHemschoot@ChurchofSaintAndrews.org