Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
This ministry assists those who are not Catholic but want to know more about the Catholic faith. If they decide to become Catholic, it provides the process for learning about the Faith and preparing to receive the Sacraments of Initiation for entrance into the Church.
The RCIA team members may serve in various roles, with corresponding responsibilities: teaching or sharing personal testimonies, acting as sponsors, coordinating a retreat and a service project, providing hospitality, clerical support for sacramental paperwork, and much more.
RCIA team members should be practicing their faith: attending Mass faithfully, receiving the sacraments regularly, and affirming all that the Church teaches. If married, their marriage must be recognized by the Church. They should feel comfortable forming new friendships with those who are in the RCIA process and with the rest of the RCIA team. Other attributes depend on the particular role to be fulfilled.
Training & Time Commitment
If invited to serve on the RCIA team, a team member will receive training by the RCIA coordinator. Most roles require regular attendance at weekly sessions and occasional attendance at special liturgical times.