Becoming Catholic/RCIA

Hoping to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and/or Communion this year? Click here to sign up for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)!

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

The Mission and Ministry Center has the privilege to accompany members of the Saint Mary’s Community in their Sacramental preparation and their personal journeys of faith.  Sacramental Preparation, called the Rite of Christian Initiative of Adults (RCIA), enables an individual to grow in faith while becoming a fully initiated member of the Roman Catholic Church through Baptism, Eucharist and/or Confirmation.  The term RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults that originated in the earliest traditions of the Church for welcoming new members into the Catholic community. RCIA consists of a series of stages of preparation, as well as rites (rituals), which take place over at least one academic year.  You can sign-up for RCIA anytime but meetings take place from October through late April of each year. In 2017-18, gatherings will begin in October.  There will also be Information Meetings to explain more about the process and how it works before that time.  

RCIA is for you if:

  • You were never baptized OR are a baptized Christian but who wish to become a member of the Catholic Church. 
  • You are a baptized Catholic but are uneducated in the faith and wish to prepare to receive the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation
  • You are active in your Catholic faith already and wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
  • RCIA starts on October 1, 2017
  • Initiation Mass is on April 8, 2018

For more information, contact our Lasallian Peer Ministers for Faith Formation/RCIA, Karissa Peinado and Eddie Ventura, at kap10@stmarys-ca.edu and edv1@stmarys-ca.edu or Fr. Hai Ho, OFMCap (Chaplain) at x4672 or hmh3@stmarys-ca.edu