Diocese of Tyler

Christian Initiations

“The Rite of Christian Initiation is designed for adults who after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. By God’s help they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and at the proper time will receive the sacraments fruitfully.”  Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

RCIA is primarily a journey of faith. It is a restoration of the ancient practice of initiation in the church. It is focused on conversion, whereby the candidates enter into an extended period of formation and conversion through prayer and reflection on the Gospels. It is also a communal journey in which the church community ritually celebrates conversion at various points during the journey. The RCIA is not a program but a sacramental process in which candidates are fully initiated into the Catholic faith.

The implementation of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is addressed to the following groups:

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

If the overview of the RCIA process seems daunting, fear not! You will be experiencing this RCIA journey with other adults who are learning about the Catholic Church. A team of dedicated people from the parish community will meet with the group weekly to assist you as you deepen your understanding of the Catholic faith.

The Church also gives the inquiring person a sponsor who will share the journey and join you at RCIA sessions and other special events. Most importantly, the process takes place within a parish community that will support you with their prayers

How do I begin this process?

The way to begin this process of becoming Catholic is to get connected to a parish community. Catholic friends and neighbors can tell you about their own parishes and you might ask to go to a Mass with them. You may call the pastor of a parish and tell him you are thinking about becoming Catholic. He or someone he asks to meet with you would be very happy to talk with you.

The Catholic Church welcomes your interest in our Church. The RCIA process has been a blessing for our parishes. Those in the Catholic faith community speak of the renewal of their own faith as they witness those engaged in the RCIA process prepare to become fully initiated members of the Catholic Church.

Anyone who is thinking about becoming a Roman Catholic-Christian or who would simply like more information can call their parish office for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions about RCIA

Overview of the Three Processes and New Evangelization | Informacion en Español

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