RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)
RCIA is a journey of Faith through the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation for individuals age 18 and older. RCIA provides ways to:
- Become a Baptized Catholic
- Complete the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist
- Learn more about the Catholic religion
- Reaffirm your faith and participate fully in the life of the Catholic Church
Click here for RCIA FAQs and form (download and print)
To set up an appointment or for questions about RCIA at OLQM, please contact:
Phone: 718-268-6251, ext. 27
What is RCIA?
RCIA is a unique program of initiation, formation and spiritual growth. The goals are:
►To prepare non-Catholic adults desiring to receive the Initiation Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.
►To prepare previously baptized Catholics desiring to complete their initiation by receiving the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation.
►To prepare validly baptized non-Catholics who may be interested in becoming Catholics.
Who can attend RCIA?
RCIA accommodates a mixed group of adults age 18 and older:
►Persons desiring to learn about and/or join the Catholic Church.
►Baptized Catholics desiring to complete their Sacraments (First Communion and Confirmation).
►Fully initiated Catholics desiring to learn more about or update their understanding of Catholicism.
What is the format?
►RCIA sessions are scripture-based discussions, facilitated by a laity and priest team in an informal atmosphere that encourages questions.
►These sessions are held weekly.
►Because RCIA is a journey toward life in the Christian (Catholic) faith, individuals are able to discern how their lives will be lived differently if they trust in Jesus and faith resides in their hearts.