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The Order of Christian Initiation for Adults or OCIA, previously known as the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, or RCIA. The name change applies both to the process by which one enters the Church and the book that contains the ritual text and prayers for those steps.
In a slight revision, the traditional categorization of those petitioning for full acceptance into the Church has been changed. The new revision includes four groups: catechumens (who are unbaptized adults); unbaptized infants; baptized non-Catholic Christians, and baptized Catholics in need of confirmation.
The Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (OCIA) is the process for adults who desire to join the Catholic faith and for those seeking more information on the Catholic Church. OCIA can also be a method for Catholics to complete their reception of the initiation sacraments. The manual used in the Order of Christian Initiation of Adults states that the rite is designed for adults “who after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God.” The manual also states when speaking about those in the process “By God’s help they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and at the proper time receive the sacraments fruitfully.”
If you, or someone you know, (perhaps a family member or a friend) is interested in the OCIA process or would like to ask questions, please contact the Parish Office at cell (564) 210-7121
There is a corresponding process for the celebration on the sacraments of Christian Initiation of Adults Adapted for Children and Teens in our parish. For information about the Christian initiation process for children aged seven through High School, please contact Marilou Marcotte, Pastoral Assistant for Faith Formation, in the Faith Formation office. The Faith Formation Office can be reached at 360-479-9525.