The RCIA or Catechumenate is the process for welcoming and initiating new members into the Catholic faith community. It is a spiritual journey for adults and has its roots in the very beginning of the Church where it was an integral part of the early Christian tradition. Persons who were seeking admission into the Church learned what it meant to follow Jesus through the example and the teachings of the Christian community.
The process is open to all persons, regardless of religious background or philosophical persuasion, who genuinely seek, by God’s grace, to live their lives in the distinctive Catholic Christian faith. RCIA welcomes people who have never been baptized as well as people who were baptized in another Christian tradition and now wish to become Roman Catholic. Sometimes people who were baptized in the Catholic Church in infancy but did not grow up in the practice of the faith also participate in RCIA. Adults who were baptized into the Catholic Church, have celebrated First Eucharist and First Reconciliation, but were never confirmed, may also participate. For more information about the liturgical and formational process of Christian Initiation, contact the Rectory, 773-779-1166; for children, contact Matt Furjanic at 773-445-3450.