Sacraments for Adults

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Q: How Do Adults Become Catholic?

A: Through the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)

New members enter the Catholic faith through a process of education, faith sharing, and rituals known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA.)  This includes several stages of conversion marked by prayer, study, discussion, and discernment.

Who is the RCIA for?

The process is for adults  who:

  • are not baptized and seek to be welcomed into the Catholic Church and its way of life and faith in Jesus Christ through Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. 
  • were baptized in another Christian denomination and now seek full communion with the Catholic Church through the sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
  • were Baptized Catholic, but who have not been catechized and now desire to complete their initiation through the sacraments of Confirmation, Reconciliation, and Eucharist.
  • RCIA-Adapted for Children is for families with children over 7 years old and not baptized. After the celebration of the sacraments, faith formation continues through grade 12 and beyond. 

If you are a fully catechized practicing Catholic who missed Confirmation in your youth, we invite you to attend special sessions that prepare you for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Please plan to attend at least one of the Inquiry sessions in the Fall to find out more.  

What does the RCIA involve?

The RCIA is a gradual process that takes place within the community of the faithful. The process includes reflection on a person's individual faith journey and is structured to allow time for the person's questions about the Christian faith and the Catholic way of life. It is a spiritual journey, marked by celebrations (or rites) during Mass and witnessed by the faith community. These rites mark the participant's progress as they reach points of their deepening faith on the way to full initiation into the Catholic Church. For most people, the process involves a commitment from the Fall through the Easter Season of the next Spring, concluding with Pentecost Sunday. While the RCIA is a process centered on experiencing God in community, we also work to meet individual needs. If at any time, a person is not ready to take the next step, that decision is respected. If you are currently married civilly, common-law, or by another Christian minister, couples must marry in the Catholic Church prior to the celebration of Reconciliation, Confirmation, and Eucharist. If this applies to you (or if you are unsure if this applies to you), make an appointment with a priest or a deacon before you begin RCIA sessions.

An Outline of the Process

Begin by completing an Inquiry form and turning it in to the Faith Formation director in a sealed envelope or in person. Inquiry forms are online, in the parish office, and in the church narthex near the main bulletin board.

RCIA meets on Sundays beginning 8/23/2020. We start at the 9 am Mass together; after the homily, we go out to reflect on the Word of God; take a coffee & donut break; then resume our session in the parish center,10:30 am-12:15 pm. These sessions focus on topics about how Catholics know and live their faith. They are led by members of the community of St. Agnes, including priests, deacons, professional lay ministers, and catechists. Sponsors and family members are invited to sit with us in Mass and join us for donuts and faith sharing time.

The Easter Vigil—the most solemn celebration of the year—is ordinarily when the Church receives its new members through Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. This year the Easter Vigil is Saturday night, 4/4/2021. We continue to meet through Pentecost Sunday, 5/23/2021.

                 Inquiry begins Sunday, Aug 23 at 10:30 am in the St. Agnes Parish Center                Contact: Ivy O’Malley—PH: 239-592-1949—Email:


2020 RCIA Easter Sacraments, August 23 at 5:00 PM


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