“Come and See” What Being Catholic is All About!
Are you interested in learning more about how someone joins the Catholic Church? You may be a member of another Christian denomination, another faith tradition, or are seeking a faith tradition for the first time. Maybe you are an adult who was baptized Catholic, but never completed your sacramental initiation in Confirmation and Eucharist. Or, you may be family or friend to someone described above.
The Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) is a journey of deepening one’s spiritual life. Anyone interested in exploring the possibility of joining the Roman Catholic community here at St. Anthony on the Lake is invited to contact Al McCauley, at 262-691-9170 x1142 or [email protected].
What is RCIA?
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process established for the universal Church for individuals to become Catholic and receive the sacraments of initiation — Baptism, Conﬁrmation, and the Eucharist. This initiation process also involves a parish community experiencing a renewal in faith as it prepares and welcomes new members into the Church.
The Rite speaks of conversion as a “spiritual journey.” Centered on fostering a deep relationship with Jesus and the Church, this journey takes place through distinct stages over a period of time suitable to bring about a thorough catechesis, signiﬁcant experience of the parish community, and commitment to the liturgical and moral life of the Catholic faithful.
How do I know if the RCIA is right for me?
The RCIA process is designed for adults who are unbaptized or those who were baptized as infants but had little experience with regular church attendance. Individuals baptized in another Christian tradition often find this process to be helpful in their discernment of becoming Roman Catholic.
Adults (age 18 and older)
Adults who are seeking initiation into the Catholic Church are prepared through a process called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). The following adults are invited to be a part of the RCIA process:
Any adult not yet baptized and who wishes to become Catholic
Any adult baptized in another Christian Church who wishes to become Catholic
Any adult baptized in the Catholic Church, but not raised in the faith and who seeks full initiation into the Church
Adults are prepared for the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist.