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The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is the process by which adults are initiated into the Catholic Church. The RCIA process is conducted by a team of lay church members and clergy over several months, usually beginning each September and continuing through Easter.
RCIA is not a course or class in Catholicism. RCIA is rather a guided process by which those interested in the faith are initiated into the Catholic church. It is meant to be an encounter with  Jesus and the beginning of a Christ centered life through study, prayer and involvement in the parish community. The RCIA is more than a course of instruction. It is a process of conversion, designed to meet the unique and individual needs of the participants.

Please note that RCIA is intended for individuals who have a desire to seek a relationship with Christ and to practice Catholicism. Entrance into RCIA is about seeking this relationship and engaging in the life of the parish. 

What To Know and Expect:

RCIA, at first glance, can appear overwhelming. The history and teachings of the Catholic Church are deep, and at times, complex. RCIA helps adults explore the faith through knowledge, but more importantly through experiences with great support and encouragement. 

We have prepared a list of common questions and answers HERE that are intended to help those who may be considering RCIA to understand its purpose and structure as well as the expectations that come with it. 

It is important to read these over before reaching out to the parish directly. If you decide to inquire further after familiarizing yourself with the information please contact the parish Pastoral Minister:

          Arden Ouellette

aouellette@hamiltondiocese.com

905-332-5115

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