RCIA is a Journey
For those who desire to join the Catholic Church, or complete their reception of the Sacrametns of Initiation, the RCIA program is a journey that contains several steps:
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.
Rite of Initiation
This Rite accepts new members into the worshipping community.
This is a time of continued learning and formation.
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 the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion are administered to those joining the Catholic Church and those completing their Sacraments fo Initiation.