Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Each and every person comes to know the faith in their own unique way and in God's good time. The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) specifically prepares those in adulthood to receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Communion, and Confirmation).
What is RCIA?
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is an ongoing "come and see" program for those interested in becoming Catholic, or for those who were baptized Catholic without later receiving First Holy Communion or Confirmation. Inquirers have the chance to get their questions answered, and to learn more about our rich Catholic traditions, the Bible, the Mass, the Sacraments, and to determine if being received into full communion with the Catholic Church is where God is calling them at this point in their lives.
If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the Catholic faith and the possibility of becoming Catholic, please contact Saint Anselm's RCIA Coordinator, Barbara Kruse at 314.422.3920 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please note that sessions start soon for those seeking to be received into the Catholic Church by the Easter Vigil!)
Some resources to help as you pray and discern:
- A brief overview of the Catholic Church as one, holy, catholic, and apostolic from the Archdiocese of St. Louis
- Frequently asked questions about RCIA from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- A short, fascinating series called The Search that asks questions like "Why Am I Here?", "Why a God?", and "Why a Church?", with surprising answers from astrophysicists, neuroscientists, and a wide variety of other experts. (Saint Anselm offers FORMED.org and all its programs for free - here's how to access it!)