The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults - The RCIA is not just a convert class with a new name. It looks different too. Special Rites are celebrated during the Sunday Liturgies at various times throughout the year. The RCIA involves the whole parish -- in prayer as the rites are celebrated, in hospitality as new members are welcomed, and in specific ministries like sponsor, or team member.
The RCIA helps adults to grow in their relationship with God, become familiar with Catholic teachings and practices, get acquainted with people in the parish and get involved in service within the parish or the wider community.
Many persons who want to join the Catholic Church have already been baptized in another Christian Church. They will not be re-baptized.
These are the steps:
The journey of faith lasts a lifetime. The weeks after Easter are a time for the new Catholics to seek out their place in the parish community. Other parishioners can reach out to welcome them, helping them to get involved and feel at home.