Becoming Catholic


The Second Vatican Council instituted the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, or RCIA, some 40 years ago. Its history stems from the earliest days of the Christian Church and has been handed on to us. This Rite is understood to be the norm for all Initiation.




What is RCIA?

RCIA stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and it is the formal process that allows individuals to become members of the Catholic Church.

What if I have questions about Catholicism?

Joining RCIA does NOT mean you HAVE to join the Church.  You are welcome to come to sessions, learn and ask questions.

What if I am not ready to join the Church?

If you feel that you are not ready to enter into the Catholic Church at that time, we
will support
you until make that commitment.

The Catholic Church wants to welcome you and educate you, never pressure you
and that is what
the process is about.


What happens during the RCIA sessions?

Throughout the process you will learn about key beliefs of the Catholic faith and its history. You will have the op-
portunity to ask questions,
inquire about your doubts, concerns and discuss different aspects of the faith.  The sessions are relaxed and usually have a small group setting.  The sessions are held once a week.

Who is RCIA for?

RCIA is for those who have never been baptized, have been baptized into another denomination and is considering becoming Catholic or baptized Catholic but has never received Eucharist and Confirmation.

How do I inquire more about RCIA?

Call or email the St. Rita Parish Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or 440-248-1350.