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Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the name given to the process by which adults are initiated into full communion with the Catholic Church. The RCIA consists of a series of 4 periods.  Generally, full reception into the Church takes place at the Easter Vigil with the celebration of Baptism, (or Profession of Faith for those already baptized), Confirmation, and First Eucharist. 


  1. Individuals who have never been baptized and are seeking information about or entry into the Catholic Church  (Catechumens.)
  2. Those who were baptized in another church and desire to join the Catholic Church. (Candidates)
  3. Catholics who were baptized but never received First Communion and Confirmation. (Also called Candidates)


The RCIA process is divided into four formation periods:

  1. Precatechumenate: We share with the Inquirer a general overview of Catholic Church and her teachings and address any questions they may have.  
  2. Cathechumenate: During this extended period of instruction the emphasis is on Scripture, the Teachings of the Faith,  and right worship in the Catholic Tradition. Catechumens attend Sunday Liturgy and are dismissed after the homily for their catechetical session.
  3. Enlightenment: This shorter period is the immediate preparation for the Easter Sacraments and takes place during Lent. Formal instruction gives way to more focus on prayer and spiritual readiness.
  4. Mystagogia: This period, usually from Easter to Pentecost, is a time of reflection on the graces the newly Initiated have received in the Sacraments and how they will live out their Faith in the secular world.   

For more information contact Maurine Dailey at 586-725-2441 Ext. 38 or by email at mdailey@smqoc.com.