RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation

The Rite of Christian Initiation is the way in which we welcome adults and children of catechetical age into the Catholic community.  We all search for God.  Some of us become accutely aware of our search.  There are individuals who find in the Catholic community a meaningful way and supportive community to express that faith and to grow deeper in their love of God.

For Those Not Baptized
The Rite of Christian Iniation is a process of receiving unbaptized children, youth and adults into the church.  Through prayer, study and participation in the local Catholic parish those individuals are initiated into the community by various rituals of prayer and reception.  

For Those Who Baptized in Another Christian Church
At St. Peter's Parish we also use the Rite of Christian Initiation process to receive into full communion those men and women who may have been baptized in another Christian denomination and now desire to become members of the Catholic community.  Their reception into the Church follows a different path, but they follow the same process of prayer and study.

Below are two important resources that our candidates for reception and initiation into the church will use in their program of studies and formation.

 Catechism of the Catholic Church


United States Catholic Catechism for Adults

A Variety of Bibles Online

Living Space--Understanding the Bible Readings

Living Space is the area of the Sacred Space website where you will find commentaries on the daily scripture readings. These are written by the late Frank Doyle SJ unless other contributors are credited.

Commentary on the Daily Scripture Reading