Our Catholic Journey (RCIA: The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)
Considering becoming Catholic?
A Catholic interested in being Confirmed?
A Confirmed Catholic who is ready to explore your faith anew?
Join us for RCIA!
Each year men and women embark on an exploration of the Catholic faith. Some are deciding if they are called into the Catholic Church; others have been Catholic all their lives and are now interested in discovering what this really means. Together we witness to the fact that our search for God is a lifelong journey, a journey on which we make the most progress when we walk it with others and with intention.
"The RCIA program at St Dominic's helped me gain insight into the Catholic faith and myself. I came to St. Dominics doing my own research on Catholicism, but Father Michael and the RCIA team does a great job of sharing Christianity in an accessible way that helped my appreciation for the faith grow. The size of the class I was in meant the discussions we had many view points. The RCIA team is also extremely open to feedback and on multiple occasions asked for feedback from the class and made improvements on class structure and content ." - Kailash, Baptized 2020
“Throughout most of my life I have had an interest in and curiosity about the Catholic faith, but where and how to begin exploring it felt like a black box. It was not until I found the community at St. Dominic's and the RCIA program that I felt welcomed to discover this call to faith. Though my knowledge base was small, I never felt embarrassed. The program leaders and members themselves all showed me grace and allowed me the space to ask my questions and seek answers. I never felt pressure to continue the course or continue to seek baptism - rather, I was often asked to check in with myself to confirm that this was the right time and right path. I truly can't imagine having taken these steps with the guidance of anyone else. All I can say is thank you to Fr. Michael, the program leaders, and my RCIA classmates. I feel so much gratitude for their time, energy, and support. If anyone is considering exploring their own call to faith, I could not recommend this class more.” - Liana, Baptized 2020
Answers To Common Questions About RCIA
What is RCIA?
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, or RCIA, is a series of classes that present an adult exploration of the Catholic faith. RCIA is a chance for people to learn the basics of what it means to be Catholic, to ask their burning questions, and to seek ways to more fully open their lives to Jesus Christ. RCIA is primarily for adults considering becoming Catholic and for Catholics who were never Confirmed. RCIA prepares men and women to make a conscious choice whether or not they want receive the sacraments of initiation offered by the Catholic Church (Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation). At St. Dominic’s, we offer opportunities for others join in this process. We do this in recognition that faith is a lifelong journey, and that many people who have been Catholic their entire lives are now ready to ask new questions as adults.
What is the time commitment for RCIA?
The RCIA group meets every Tuesday evening from 7:00-9:00 PM from the second week in September through the Easter Vigil and Pentecost. For 2016, the first session is September 6th. The final session before Pentecost is June 4th, 2017. This is the primary time commitment, and there may be other commitments depending on what part of the process you’re going through. We recognize that many people have work and family schedules that won’t allow them to be at every meeting. That said, it’s best if you can be at most meetings because each lesson builds on earlier lessons. If you have to miss an evening, we’ll provide ways for you to catch up on what you miss.
What if I’m not sure I want to become Catholic or be Confirmed?
Not a problem! In fact, we’re assuming that this is the case. Our RCIA is structured in a way that invites you to make small commitments until you’re sure you want to proceed. The initial meetings are designed to answer some basic questions, and give you a feel for what the journey will be like. After the first few classes, we’ll explore the core Christian message while beginning to answer your most burning questions. Around December, we invite you to begin to decide where you’d like this process to take you.
If I’m already a Confirmed Catholic, is RCIA right for me?
Many of us stopped learning about our Catholic faith when we received the Sacrament of Confirmation in our early teens. Confirmation was supposed to be the time when we chose the Catholic faith for ourselves at the “age of reason,” but many of us realize that we weren’t really aware enough to say “yes.” Often, we don’t really engage in our spiritual journey until much later in life. It’s not uncommon for us to realize as adults that we want to know more about our faith, and to wrestling with some of the more difficult questions we have. RCIA is an opportunity for you to really explore your faith. It is also a chance to see your faith through the eyes of people exploring it for the first time. Together we’ll help each other grow closer to Jesus Christ.
Is RCIA appropriate for children too?
RCIA (adapted for older children and teens) is provided, depending on individual circumstances, through the Children's Faith Formation (CFF) or Youth Ministry programs. Contact Kathy Folan, the Director of Family and Youth Ministries, at email@example.com or (415) 567-7824 ext. 111.