✟ Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

"My heart is restless until it rests in You, O God."   -- St. Augustine

The “Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults”, known as “RCIA”, has been established for those who want to become Catholic, have been baptized Catholic but have not been fully initiated, or simply are coming from a different denomination of Christianity who want to convert to Catholicism. Whatever your reason or situation, we are here to assist with this process.

The Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist) mark, affirm, and nourish us as individuals and as a community of believers. These Sacraments are fundamental to who we are. In the Catholic tradition, adults are baptized once a year, in the spring, where all of creation joins together to celebrate new birth. Our community experiences new life in Jesus through these Sacraments at the Easter Vigil, the most holy night of the year.

✟ RCIA Is A Journey

Experience God’s Love through a Journey of Faith

RCIA is a process that progresses over weeks and months. It is a return to the formation of the earliest members of the Church in the first and second centuries, and involves several steps:

  • Pre-Catechumenate
    This is the earliest phase in the process; it is also known as the Period of Inquiry. Catechumens and Candidates acknowledge that Christ is calling them into the Church through the movement of the Holy Spirit. This is a time for seeking and reflection.
  • Rite of Initiation
    The first Rite in the RCIA process, the Rite of Initiation accepts new members into the worshipping community.
  • Catechumenate
    The longest part of the process, the Catechumenate is a time of learning and formation in the traditions and doctrine of the Catholic Church. This is a time for sharing stories, reading scripture, and studying the Church customs, traditions and doctrine. Participants also participate in worship services and various Church rituals.
  • Rite of Election
    Catechumens and Candidates are chosen to be received by the bishop and the community and to receive the Sacraments of Initiation at Easter.
  • Sacraments of Initiation
    At the Easter Vigil (Holy Saturday), all newly elected members of the community who have been journeying through the RCIA process are welcomed formally into the community of believers through receiving the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.
  • Mystagogy
    This is a time of reflection and celebration after the formal reception into the Catholic Church. Mystagogia means “leading into the mystery” and it is a time to explore the deep mystery of our faith and go forth to help build the reign of God on Earth as new members of the faithful.

✟ How Do I Start?


Mike & Suzanne Landis

Classes meet at 7 PM on Mondays (September through April) in the Xavier Center Art Room, 465 Table Rock Road, Gettysburg, PA

RCIA Registration Form:

Click here

Click on the book cover (above) for the complete online version of
The Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition, courtesy of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

People journeying through the RCIA process need sponsors and community support to help them grow in faith.

Sponsors, along with our dedicated RCIA Team, help guide, support and instruct those discerning whether to become members of our Catholic community.


Instructions For Adult Confirmation