Becoming Catholic

R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)
 The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process for bringing into the Catholic Church both those who have never been baptized (Catechumens) and those who were baptized in a non-Catholic Church (Candidates for Full Communion). RCIA is also the best way for adult Catholics who have never been confirmed to prepare for that final Sacrament of Initiation.

Each year in the Fall, St. Joseph’s begins a new class of RCIA, and we invite to participate everyone who would like to join the Catholic Church or who is at least curious to understand the teachings and customs of Catholic Christianity.

RCIA is a one to two-year process depending on the needs and progress of each student. At the end of the process those who have never been baptized receive Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation at the Great Vigil of Easter in the spring. Those who are already baptized will be received into full communion with the Catholic Church by a profession of faith and be Confirmed and share in the Holy Eucharist for the first time at the Easter Vigil. Baptized Catholics who need First Communion and or Confirmation will receive those sacraments on another day.

While classroom work is a part of the process, RCIA is more than a class; it is a gradual introduction to the customs, beliefs, practices, and devotions of Catholicism. Those who participate will be guided by an instructor and assisted by mentors to understand the richness of Catholic worship and teaching as a preparation for making a profession of faith at Easter: “I believe and profess all that the holy Catholic Church believes, teaches, and proclaims to be revealed by God.”

Anyone interested in receiving more information should contact Valeria Maldonado: or (407) 275-0841.