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What is RCIA?


In 1971, in response to the call of the second Vatican Council, the Church dramatically revised the process of becoming a Catholic, re-established an ancient practice, and promulgated what is now called the “Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults,” RCIA.

RCIA is more than a program of instruction. It is a process of conversion, directed toward leading participants to a mature faith and a strong life as a Catholic Christian. Through classes founded on Scripture and liturgical ceremonies, called Rites, they are introduced to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. They experience his love and come to know his teachings handed on through the Catholic Church. They are supported by caring guides in discerning God’s path for them in their life-long faith journey beyond this process of Initiation.


Who is the process for?


• People who are not baptized seeking to enter the Catholic Church.

• Those baptized in other Christian denominations seeking full communion with the Catholic Church.

• Baptized Catholics who have not completed Sacramental Initiation; that is, those who have not received the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist or Confirmation.

• Those who are in full communion with the Catholic Church but want to have a deeper understanding of their faith.

• Weekly sessions begin in September and continue to Pentecost.


Want to know more? Please call--

St Bernard parish office 214-321-0454

English classes -- Katherine Listi 214-557-7974

Spanish classes -- Pedro Cortez 214-282-9554