Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

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The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process through which adults and children of catechetical age are welcomed into the life of the Church.
Enquirers are supported through the process which involves scripture based catechesis and liturgical rites, allowing them to become familiar with the rich prayer life of the Catholic Church and its teachings.

History of the RCIA

In the early church, it was common for believers to be received into the faith community after a lengthy process of formation. This was known as the Catechumenate, and involved receiving instruction in the faith, hearing the Word, and participating in various liturgical rites.

During this time, Catechumens would come to know the community and become familiar with its prayer life, and were finally received through the initiation rites, where they were washed in the waters of baptism, received confirmation and were finally admitted to the Eucharist, at the Easter Vigil.

They were now ready to participate in the mission of the Church.

As time went on, the initiation rites were separated and infants received baptism and completed their initiation at a later time.

The Second Vatican Council (1962-5) called for the restoration of the Catechumenate, and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults was prepared by the Congregation for Divine Worship and decreed in 1972.

The RCIA in the Archdiocese of Hobart

The RCIA office aims to promote and encourage the active implementation of the RCIA in all parishes of the Archdiocese.

The RCIA & Sacramental Initiation Co-ordinator responds to enquiries about the process of initiation into the Catholic Church, and collaborates with other agencies in the preparation of the rites integral to the RCIA.

The co-ordinator works closely with others in the Office of Church Life and Mission, offering training and formation to parish sacramental teams, including in ministries related to the RCIA.

A number of resources are held which are available for loan.