The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
… is the normal way for unbaptized persons and those who have been baptized in another Christian tradition to become a Catholic, through a process of discerning and ritualizing the stages of gradual conversion. The rite of Christian initiation is designed for adults age 18 (by September 1) and older who, after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. By God’s help they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and at the proper time will receive the sacraments fruitfully. (RCIA Introduction 1)
For the Unbaptized, the RCIA gradually uncovers the story of God’s salvation for all; the mystery of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection; and the workings of the Holy Spirit as revealed in the beliefs, sacramental life and spiritual practices of the Catholic Church. The initiation of catechumens is a gradual process that takes place within the community of the faithful and in accordance with the Church’s liturgical year. Together with the catechumens, the faithful reflect upon the value of the paschal mystery, renew their own conversion, and by their example lead the catechumens to obey the Holy Spirit more generously. (#4)
For Baptized Christians who seek full communion with the Catholic Church, the RCIA includes rites and pastoral practice. (RCIA Part II: sections 4 and 5).
For Baptized Catholics who have received no other faith formation and have not received the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist, the RCIA mentions pastoral practices to become a fully initiated Catholic (RCIA Part II, section 4).
How do I find out more?
If you are an adult age 18 or older who is interested in learning more about the R.C.I.A. Program at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Helotes, you MUST attend an INQUIRY SESSION. An explanation of our program requirements and detailed information on how to apply as presented at our Inquiry Sessions. You need to attend ONLY ONE session. Please DO NOT send a parent, spouse, neighbor, friend or other family member on your behalf. Information will be given ONLY to the adult who is interested in converting to Catholicism or completing the rite of initiation. Inquiry Sessions are schedule for:
- Dates of Inquiry are postponed until further notice.
Receiving an application at an Inquiry Session DOES NOT guarantee you a spot in our R.C.I.A. Program. ONLY ADULTS WHO SUBMIT A COMPLETED APPLICATION WITH ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS by the given due date will be accepted into this adult formation program.
For questions about our R.C.I.A. program, please contact our Parish Office: (210) 695-8791; Monday-Friday; 9AM to 5PM.