The RCIA is for all those seeking to become members of the Catholic Church. Children over the age of seven years and teenagers are supported through an adapted form of the Rite.
The RCIA is offered to those who have never been baptised but may also benefit those already baptised who desire to become Catholic.
The non-baptised who are suitably prepared are joyfully received into the Catholic Church by the reception of the three Sacraments of Initiation, namely Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. This takes place at the Easter Vigil in their local Catholic parish.
Those already baptised, following a period of preparation, are welcomed into full communion of the Catholic Church by the reception of the Sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. This may take place at a suitable time during the liturgical year in their local Catholic parish.
Glossary of RCIA:
Catechumen – an non-baptised person preparing for Baptism and Initiation into the Catholic Church
Candidate – a baptised person preparing to enter into full communion of the Catholic Church
Sacrament – a visible sign of God’s grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, to renew and reconcile us to God