The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process for becoming a Roman Catholic for anyone who has reached third grade level or older than 8 years old. RCIA names the process by which interested persons gradually become members of the Catholic Church. Those who are unbaptized, baptized in other faith traditions, or those baptized Catholic who never received First Holy Communion or Confirmation may participate in RCIA. Contact Elsa Lusk at 714-842-3000 ext. 12.
Baptized Catholics who are receiving Holy Communion on a weekly basis and need only the Sacrament of Confirmation should participate in the Adult Confirmation Sessions. Download the Adult Confirmation Registration below. Our Session are on the first and third Sundays, starting in the Fall.2017-2018 Adult Fath Formation Registration
To learn more about the complete initiation process for those who are not baptized, click below.
(this same process is adapted for children)
Time Period: as long as needed
What happens: Learning about God and the basics of the Catholic faith. They will have experienced the first beginnings of conversion before taking the first step.
FIRST STEP: Acceptance as a catechumen2. CATECHUMENATE
Time period: up to 1 to 2 years or longer
What happens: Catechumens grow in their relationship with God and their understanding of their faith. They become familiar with Catholic prayers and practices as well as with the Mass. They participate in celebration of the Liturgy of the Word at Mass, followed by Dismissal plus catechetical sessions. In January, we consider whether or not catechumens are ready for the next step or need more time in the catechumenate.
SECOND STEP: Election3. 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. There are also special rites particularly for them such as penitential rites that involve prayers and blessings for them at Mass. This time of preparation culminates with the Third Step.
THIRD STEP: Celebration of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Communion4. MYSTAGOGY
Time period: 50 days of Easter
What happens: Neophytes (or the newly baptized) are now able to fully explore what it means to be able to receive communion and fully participate in the sacraments of the Catholic Church. They also prepare for their first experience of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The process is a little different for those already baptized in the Christian faith. The length of the process might be shorter for those already very knowledgeable about their Christian faith. We have separate groups for children, teens, and adults in the RCIA process. We operate on a year-round schedule so those interested can begin the process at any time.
Anyone thinking about becoming a Catholic Christian or who would like more information should contact Elsa Lusk, Coordinator for Christian Initiation at (714) 842-3000 ex. 12 or send an email to: