RCIA

Becoming a Catholic is one of life’s most significant moments. Many are presented to the Church for Baptism at a young age by their parents and are raised in the faith from a young age. Others draw near to the Church as adults after having been raised in another faith tradition or none at all. A person is brought to full communion with the Catholic Church through the reception of the three Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.

Those who are validly baptized outside the Catholic Church (Orthodox Christians, Episcopalians, Lutherans, and Methodists) can become Catholic by making the profession of faith and being formally received into the Church. This would also involve receiving the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist during the Easter Season (usually at Pentecost).

Those who have not yet been baptized will make the profession of faith and receive all three Sacraments of Initiation together at the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday).

Preparation is essential for being received into the Catholic Church and receiving the Sacraments of Initiation. During a period of preparation, a candidate is given the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of our faith and grow in a personal relationship with God through prayer and community.  This period of preparation is guided by the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

Any adult interested in exploring the Catholic faith or becoming a member should contact the religious education office (bvmhc.faith.formation@gmail.com) for enrollment form and more information. Classes for both English and Spanish adults begin in September.