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St Therese RCIA Program

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a communal process and involves a number of stages punctuated by liturgical rites to aid and assist the potential new member toward the final rite, usually at the Easter Vigil at which time they will become full members of the Roman Catholic Church. These new members will continue to meet for 4-6 weeks as they find their place in the Church and begin their lives as committed Catholic Christians.

The entire process takes several months, (ideally a minimum of one complete liturgical year), but participants are generally invited to proceed at a pace which suits them individually. The Church prefers to call this the process and not a program.

During the Second Vatican Council there was a call for the reinstatement of the Catechumenate. The vote was 2,165 Yes, 9 No, and 1 Null. In 1966 the provisional ritual was distributed, followed by the 2nd draft in 1969, and in 1972 Pope Paul VI promulgated the Order of Christian Initiation of Adults.[1]

In 1986 the United States of America (USA) Bishops approved US additions to the Order of Christian Initiation of Adults and National Statutes and a national plan of implementation. In September 1988, the RCIA became mandatory in the USA.

You may contact RCIA at rcia@saintherese.ws.