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 creates a beautiful sense of community. You learn a lot from the presentation which were wonderful in and of themselves, but you then get to discuss them with peers who are also trying to gain a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith. This just added an incredible amount of depth to my journey and a sense of fellowship when I had moments of confusion or doubt." - Maria, Baptized Easter 2017
“For years, I've been looking for a place to accept Christ into my life through Baptism. The RCIA program at St. Dominic's guided me to that new life by helping me understand that Christ wants good for all of us. RCIA helped me form a foundation in Christ which now allows me to have a deep faith that spreads through all aspects of my life. I'm so thankful to Father Michael and the leaders of RCIA for helping me come into the fullness of Christ. I recommend this class to anyone who hopes to better their life by discovering the personal relationship that our Lord wants to have with each of us. ” - Joel, Baptized Easter 2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 674-0446.