RCIA stands for Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Before Vatican II the process used to be called "convert classes" or "instructions" but was given the name and the acronym RCIA in the 1970's. Embracing the Catholic Tradition requires education and lived experience. The classes are designed to impart the theology of the Catholic Faith to the student, and allow the aspirant to live the traditions of the Catholic Faith for a period of one liturgical year. First the aspirant is called an "enquirer". On the first Sunday of Advent, the person is invited to become an "official student". On the first Sunday of Lent, the person may choose to be "elected to the Easter Sacraments." The person is baptized or received into the Church on Easter Vigil.
There is no cost for RCIA and no pressure. No one is forced to move to the next step until he or she is ready. The dress is casual, and there is a long break in the middle of each class. The classes are on Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm-8:30pm.
We frequently have people in RCIA who are already Catholic, but want to learn more than they received in youth. The RCIA is a wonderful way to update one's Catholic faith.
Classes begin in September and run through to Easter Vigil.