Catholic Church always welcomes new members into its community.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the present-day
process by which people enter into the faith. RCIA is a process
in which interested men and women can explore Catholicism, and
make a decision to become a Catholic over a period of months.
adult, 18 years and older, who is unbaptized or a baptized Christian
of another faith, may participate in the RCIA process.
is the process?
The process begins with several weeks of inquiry and instruction,
during which interested individuals can learn the core beliefs
of the Catholic church, sacraments and rituals, and basic church
history. This is a time when inquirers ask a lot of questions
of the RCIA team members and class speakers. After this initial
period, participants are asked to affirm their decision to continue
the conversion process.
Next is an extended period of weekly classes and other activities
designed to involve participants in the church community. This
period allows participants the opportunity to examine their commitment
to the process through regular attendance at classes, participation
in community service events and involvement in other parish activities.
For those committed, the next step is an intense period of prayer
and reflection (normally during Lent) leading to the sacraments
of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation (customarily at Easter,
or when the participant and sponsor agree that the participant
is ready to proceed with the sacraments).
The process is completed in a period of reflection and prayer
during which the newly baptized and/or confirmed Catholics can
to further their faith formation. The process normally ends at
Pentecost, six weeks following Easter.
if I'm married civilly, divorced, or divorced and remarried?
you were married in a civil ceremony or if you are divorced and
remarried, the Church may require an annulment or convalidation.
Your circumstances must be addressed before beginning RCIA (Please
see other church brochures on Annulments or Civil Marriages/Convalidations,
or speak with one of the priests or deacons.)
you are divorced but not remarried, you are free to begin the
RCIA process. An annulment may be required if you later choose
to marry in the Catholic Church. We strongly discourage entry
into the RCIA process for the sole purpose of marriage in the
Church. Since initiation into the faith is a long-term commitment,
we suggest you proceed with the marriage then enter the RCIA process
after careful thought and prayer.
documents are required for becoming Catholic?
Christians of another faith will need a copy of their baptismal
record. Copies of marriage certificates and decrees of annulment
in the Church may be required if appropriate.
participation is strongly encouraged at all Sunday meetings, days
of prayer and community service events. Attendance is viewed as
a commitment to the process. Please feel free to discuss any attendance
conflicts with one of the RCIA team members.
anyone help me?
will be paired with a sponsor to help you throughout the initiation
process. Sponsors are chosen from the Holy Trinity community.
Spouses or fiancées may assist the participant, but may
not act as their sponsors. Also, the RCIA team is always available
who seek the sacrament of Baptism may choose a godparent in addition
to their sponsor. Details will be explained during the process.
does the process start?
the first class begins in September for those who will receive
the Sacraments at the Easter Vigil. Classes continue through Pentecost,
6 weeks later. Timing of the process and reception of sacraments
is always geared toward your readiness to move forward through
can I learn more?
the Holy Trinity Religious Education Office, Monday - Friday,
9am to 5pm, at 214-526-8555; or fill out the information below
and leave the brochure in the collection basket, at the Sunday
Office (off the patio during weekend Masses), or at the Pastoral
Center office at 3826 Gilbert Avenue.