Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.)
As we reach adulthood, many things change including our faith which often deepens with our experience of life. Listening to their hearts, many people begin to hear God speak to them and encourage them to draw closer to the Catholic Church. St. Anne, as well as most Catholic Churches, has created a uniform process that mimics the early Church's process of evangelization and discernment for converts. This process was reinvigorated by the Church's reflections in the 1960's at the Second Vatican Council. While intended for those who have either never been baptized or belonged to any faith tradition, many people from other Christian traditions are also welcome to join in this process. Initially, people come as inquirers and journey through several rites (steps) as they draw in closer communion with the Church and God. We call this the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or R.C.I.A.