Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA)

Prescribed by the Second Vatican Council, the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) offers to adults the opportunity to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and/or Eucharist, which, collectively, constitute the Roman Catholic "sacraments of initiation."

Catechumens, that is, men and women who are enrolled in the RCIA program, receive these sacraments at the Easter Vigil, at which time they become fully incorporated into the Church.

During the RCIA preparation period, catechumens attend Sunday Mass and also weekly classes. During these classes, catechumens learn about the faith. Relying heavily on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, this learning consists of weekly discussion about and review of both Holy Scripture and Catholic dogma, Tradition, and spirituality.

Our RCIA program for 2018-2019 began on Sunday, October 14 at 10:00 am in the rectory. The rectory is the building attached to the right of the church. Students still invited. Classes are held each Sunday from 10:00 to 11:00 am. Deacon Steve Garza and Deacon Steve Kramer, SJ will be teaching the class this year. The program will be completed in April at Easter.

In addition to the Catechism, 1 or 2 other texts may also be used. In preparation for the first class, however, catechumen candidates ought to have accessible via their tablets or smart phones the Catechism of the Catholic Church (available for free at http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catechism/catechism-of-the-catholic-church/epub/index.cfm). Hard copies of the Catechism may also be cheaply purchased at Amazon.com.

For additional information, please contact the rectory at office@brightoncatholic.org.