How does one become Catholic?
The Catholic Church has a process called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) that calls adults (and children of catechetical age) to a conversion of mind and heart and that prepares them for a full and active life in the Church as disciples of Jesus. This ritual process is spread out over a period of time – in many cases a year or more – to help the individual to become a mature and involved Catholic Christian. The RCIA takes place within the context of a parish community.
The following information is provided to assist parish initiation leaders in their understanding of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).