RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the process by which non-Catholics enter the Catholic Faith. To become a Catholic, one must understand the teachings of the Church, believe in those teachings, and be a baptized Catholic. If someone is not baptized, through RCIA they will learn the tenants of the Catholic Faith and conclude their journey with the reception of the Sacrament of Baptism into the Church. If someone was baptized as a Protestant, they will study the teachings of the Catholic Faith in RCIA and conclude their journey with their entrance into the Church by a priest, which may include conditional Baptism.
RCIA requires not only academic preparation but also a commitment to the Church's teachings.
RCIA classes typically begin at parishes each year in autumn and conclude before Easter, with Baptisms taking place at the Easter Vigil Mass on the night of Holy Saturday.
However, due to scheduling conflicts, special learning needs, demanding schedules and jobs, and other concerns in life, not all people can set aside the time to study the Faith through a formal RCIA class that meets at a set time each week.
CatechismClass.com has developed a best-selling online Adult Faith Formation course that has served as the RCIA text for many parishes and is used around the nation. Our Adult Faith Formation Program fulfills the requirements of RCIA classes by covering the important teachings on the Scriptures (Old & New Testament), the Theology of the Mass & the Sacraments, the Tenants of the Creed, Morality and the Ten Commandments, and Prayer and Spirituality.