BECOMING CATHOLIC/COMPLETING SACRAMENTS
Coordinator of the RCIA Process
Fr. Bill Gabriel, OSA
RCIA Kick-Off | Sunday, October 3
9:30AM Gathering in the Vocation Office – Villanova Univ
10:30AM Sunday Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church (Villanova Univ)
11:30AM Parish Welcome Back Feast Day Celebration – Mendel Field (Villanova Univ)
Food trucks, music, social, etc.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
Frequently asked questions
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the place for you. Every year adults are welcomed into the Catholic Community through RCIA. It is a learning and loving process in which conversion of the heart brings you to Jesus Christ who is our Lord and Savior.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process of discerning and ritualizing stages of gradual conversion. Initiation of adults belongs to all the baptized. The process is about a relationship over time with both God and the Catholic community. It is the Church's method of a faith journey of conversion.
The process has no time frame. Conversion occurs on God's time; not our time. The RCIA conversion process consists of four periods. The amount of time spent in each phase is dependent on individual needs and feelings.
1. The Period of Evangelization or Precatechumenate
2. The Period of The Catechumenate A Brief History
3. The Period of Purification and Enlightenment Mystagogy
At the end of each period, a rite is celebrated to signify the continuation of the process until the sacraments of initiation are celebrated. The rites are:
1. The Rite of Acceptance (into the Order of the Catechumens)
2. The Rite of Election
3. Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation