RCIA Adult Inquirer
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
What is RCIA?
The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) prepares candidates for the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation. Parishes welcome new members into the Catholic Church through a process of education, faith sharing, and rituals known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). This process includes several stages marked by prayer, study, and discussion. Included in the process are several Rites, which take place within the context of the Mass. The RCIA process follows the ancient practice of the Church and the normal way adults prepare for baptism. The RCIA is structured over a series of ceremonial steps and periods of learning. One may take as much time as he or she needs in the initiation process before becoming ready for full initiation through the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist. Initiation within the Church is a journey of conversion that is gradual and ongoing and suited to individual needs.
Adult RCIA class includes three distinct groups traveling on their faith journey:
CATECHUMEN: are non-baptized persons seeking full initiation into the Catholic Church. Catechumen will receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Communion on Easter Vigil.
Important dates for Catechumen:
CANDIDATES: persons who were baptized into another Christian denomination and wish to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church. Candidates for full Communion will Profess the Faith and receive the sacraments of Confirmation and Communion on Easter Vigil.
Important dates for Candidate of Full Communion:
CANDIDATES: persons who were baptized Catholic as infants and not given any religious instruction in the Catholic faith. These adults will be prepared to celebrate the sacraments of Penance, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Candidates will receive the sacraments of Confirmation and 1st Communion at the annual Confirmation Mass with the Bishop.
Important dates for Candidates:
Adults (18 and older):
Classes meet every Thursday 6:00-8:00 p.m., at the 27th Street Church.
September 7, 2023 - March 21, 2024.
Please fill out the R.C.I.A. inquiry form if you want more information (English | Spanish) and contact Carl at RCIA@stfrancisbend.org .
Please see the attached RCIA course syllabus for 2023-2024 .
Download an RCIA Welcome Package here.
Children (7 - 18):
Those who have not received baptism will register for Faith Formation classes.
These classes meet every Wednesday afternoon (grades 2-5) and
Wednesday evening (grades 6-12) from September - May
Youth Faith Formation Classes:
(541) 382-3631 Ext 116
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
2450 NE 27th St.
Bend, Oregon 97701
Phone: (541) 382-3631
Fax: (541) 385-8879
Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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