What is RCIA?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process established for the universal Church for individuals to become Catholic and receive the sacraments of initiation — Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist. This initiation process also involves a parish community experiencing a renewal in faith as it prepares and welcomes new members into the Church. The Rite speaks of conversion as a “spiritual journey.” Centered on fostering a deep relationship with Jesus and the Church he founded, this journey takes place through distinct stages over a period of time suitable to bring about a thorough catechesis, significant experience of the parish community, and commitment to the liturgical and moral life of the Catholic faithful.


Who is RCIA for?

1. Persons in need of Baptism.

2. Persons baptized in another Christian tradition who desire to become Catholic.

3. Persons baptized Catholic in need of First Communion and/or Confirmation.


How long is the RCIA process?

The time varies, but is rarely shorter than nine months or longer than three years. The Church greatly respects the time each person needs for conversion and decision. The RCIA text gives guides for discerning this on a case by- case basis.



The RCIA process is a restoration of the ancient catechumenate, arising within the first three centuries following the era of the apostles.

It was the early Church’s way of Christianizing the pagan Roman Empire. The Second Vatican Council called for the restoration and use of this venerable and powerful method of initiation for the worldwide Church.



The first stage is the Inquiry period. We encourage people to join inquiry sessions about this process and about their faith before making a definitive decision about becoming Catholic. It ends with the rite of acceptance into the order to catechumen.

The Catechumenate period, focuses primarily on the teachings of the Church and is presented in a more structured format. Sunday Scripture reflection in small groups encourages participants to "break open" the word of God and consider its meaning in their lives. 

The six weeks of Lent make up the period called Purification and Enlightenment. This is a time of more intense spiritual preparation leading up to the Easter Vigil, where the Sacraments of Initiation will be celebrated. 

The final period is Mystagogy, where all reflect on the Easter mysteries just celebrated and discover ways to become fully integrated into the life of the Church. 




El Rito de la Iniciación Cristiana de Adultos, R.I.C.A., es una práctica tradicional de la Iglesia para preparar a los adultos no bautizados de manera que puedan participar plenamente de la vida sacramental de la Iglesia. RICA es una “Jornada de Fe”, un proceso gradual de iniciación cristiana para aquellos adultos quienes:

  • No han sido bautizados y quisieran ser recibidos plenamente en la Iglesia Católica a través del Bautismo.
  • Han sido bautizados en otra comunidad cristiana y buscan ser parte de la Iglesia Católica.
  • Han sido bautizados católicos como infantes, pero no han recibido los sacramentos de la Confirmación ni la Eucaristía.
  • Adultos católicos que desean profundizar en su fe.


For more information, contact Jessy Lizárraga Lira at (210) 924 6000

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