RCIA – Becoming a Catholic




Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
Are you interested in becoming catholic or knowing more about the catholic faith?


There are many ways that can lead a person to want to know more about the Catholic Church. Perhaps you had a conversation with someone who is Catholic or perhaps you attended an event at a Catholic Church. If you are interested in becoming Catholic or wish to know more about the Catholic faith then you are in the right place.  This journey of faith can be one filled with many different circumstances, but know that it is not a journey that one takes alone.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a wonderful journey for membership and participation in the Catholic Church.  It is designed for adults who, after hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ proclaimed, freely desire to seek the living God and enter into full communion with the Catholic Church. The journey is one of conversion, preparation and formation which at the proper time leads towards reception of the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist) that are received at the Easter Vigil. If you do not already belong to a Catholic parish, please click here to find a parish near you and ask the pastor about the ‘RCIA’ process. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, 1)

Perhaps, you are already baptized as a Catholic or received a *valid baptism from another Christian denomination (Lutheran, Methodist, Episcopalian, Anglican, Presbyterian or **Orthodox) and are seeking to prepare to make a profession of faith and full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. Whatever your journey of faith is know that we are here to assist you in deepening your knowledge of the Catholic Church through prayer, formation, preparation and communal support.

*Baptism is considered valid when a minister or priest pours water over the person to be baptized or they are immersed in water using the specific words: I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

**Eastern Christian (Orthodox): the Roman Catholic Church recognizes and accepts all sacraments as being valid.

Christian Initiation of children
who have reached the age of reason (8+yrs):

This form of the rite of Christian initiation is intended for unbaptized children who are 8 years old (usually in Grade 3) through Grade 8 in our parishes, schools and/or academies should have a catechumenal preparation of a minimum of 3 years and then be fully initiated at the Easter Vigil or at one of the Sundays of Easter. The Catholic Church’s mandate since 1988 is that of children who fall into this age bracket cannot receive the sacraments of initiation separated from one another, but rather all three sacraments at one celebration. Unbaptized children under 8 years of age should be baptized according to the Infant Rite.

The Faith Formation Office provides and facilitates training, resources, and consultation for the Coordinating Team and catechists for the various aspects of this process. These opportunities are also available in Spanish.

RCIA Rite of Election Registration

The Parish RCIA Coordinator or the Pastor/Administrator should complete the form to register new candidates.

1. Registration form for the Rite of Election adapted for Children: this form is to be filled for children 8 years old and older who are receiving all three sacraments (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist).       RCIC

Rite of Election Adapted for Children
Saturday, February 17, 2018
2:00 pm
Cathedral-Basilica of Saint James in Brooklyn

2. Registration form for the Rite of Election for Catechumens: this is only to be filled out for those who are receiving all three sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist).     ROE for Catechumens

Rite of Election for Adult Catechumens
Sunday, February 18, 2018
2:00 pm
500 19th Street, Brooklyn
(where it has taken place the past two years)

3. Registration form for the Rite of Election for Candidates: this is only to be filled out for those who are receiving both the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.     ROE for Candidates
Your preference of location is on a first-come, first-served basis and all information must be completed on the form.

Rite of Election for Adult Candidates
Sunday, February 25, 2018
2:00 pm
 Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston, Queens;
Saint Nicholas of Tolentine Church in Jamaica, Queens, and
Saint Thomas Aquinas Church in Flatlands, Brooklyn.

Joann Roa
Director, Adult Faith Formation
Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis
718-965-7300, ext 2440