RCIA

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process for becoming a Roman Catholic for anyone who has reached third grade or is older than 8 years old. RCIA is the name of the process by which interested persons gradually become members of the Catholic Church.

People who are unbaptized, baptized in other faith traditions, or baptized Catholic who never received First Holy Communion or Confirmation may participate in RCIA.

We have separate groups for children, teens, and adults in the RCIA process. We operate on a year-round schedule, so anyone interested can begin the process at any time!

Contact Veronica Jarski at 714-842-3000, ext. 102, or email her at rcia@svdphb.org for details.

Adult Confirmation

Baptized Catholics who are receiving Holy Communion every Sunday and only need the Sacrament of Confirmation should participate in the Adult Confirmation Sessions. The first session is an orientation on November 12, 2017, at 11 a.m. in Room C. Classes will run weekly (except for holidays) until May 6, 2018.

Download the Adult Confirmation Registration, fill it out, and bring it to the parish office!

2017-2018 Adult Faith Formation Registration

Get details about the RCIA journey!

1. PRECATECHUMENATE

Time Period: As long as needed

What Happens: People seeking to learn more about God and the basics of the Catholic faith attend an informal weekly gathering on Wednesday nights. They will have experienced the first beginnings of conversion before taking the first step.

First Step: Acceptance as a catechumen

2. CATECHUMENATE

Time Period: Up to 1 to 2 years or longer

What Happens: Catechumens grow in their relationship with God and their understanding of the Catholic faith. They become familiar with Catholic prayers and practices as well as with the Mass. They participate in the celebration of the Liturgy of the Word at Mass then are dismissed before the Liturgy of the Eucharist to feast upon the word of God with a catechist. They also have catechetical sessions after the Mass. In January, we consider whether catechumens are ready for the next step or need more time in the catechumenate.

Second Step: Election

3. PURIFICATION AND ENLIGHTENMENT

Time Period: 40 days of Lent

What Happens: Catechumens prepare to receive the sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and First Communion. This is an intensive time of personal preparation. Catechumens also participate in special rites, such as penitential rites involving prayers and blessings for them at Mass. This time of preparation culminates with the Third Step.

Third Step: Celebration of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Communion

4. MYSTAGOGY

Time Period: 50 days of Easter

What Happens: Neophytes (i.e., the newly baptized) can now fully explore what it means to be able to receive communion and fully participate in the sacraments of the Catholic Church. Neophytes also prepare for their first experience of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Thinking about becoming a Catholic or need more information about receiving sacraments of initiation? Contact Veronica Jarski, coordinator for Christian Initiation at (714) 842-3000 ex. 102 or send an email to rcia@svdphb.org.