Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (often abbreviated RCIA) is the process through which interested adults are gradually introduced to the Roman Catholic way of life. This communal process involves a number of stages punctuated by liturgical rites to aid and assist the potential convert toward the final rite on the day of Easter Vigil at which time they will become full members of the Roman Catholic Church.
The RCIA process was introduced as a result of the Second Vatican Council, where a return to the ancient practice of Christian initiation was viewed as the proper form for the modern world. Prior to Vatican II, Christian initiation had evolved from the ancient practice to the form of individual private instruction with a priest. Although the private process has its merits, the council wanted to reintroduce the community aspect of the initiation process, as well as the liturgical and other elements as well.
"OLA’s RCIA program is a wonderful introduction to the Catholic faith! The classes always have a friendly and encouraging atmosphere. I learned so much, and I really enjoyed it." - Vicky R
"The RCIA program is in great hands! One of my favorites is the church history!" - Matt G
Moderator: Fr. Richard Lewkiewicz
Administrator: Vincent Ferraioli
Mentors\Leaders: Charles Donahoe, Josette Khayat
Deacon Charles Rory Hurley & Sr. Elizabeth Schroeder
Location: Msgr. Cavanagh Room
Day/Time: Wednesday's from 7pm to 8:45pm
*Note: There will be NO class on the following dates:
April 11th, 2012
Dates of rituals for the program starting in September 2011
Rite of Acceptance - November 20th, 2011
Rite of Election - February 26th, 2012
Scrutiny Sunday's - March 11th, 18th, and 25th
Easter Vigil Mass - April 8th, 2012
Adult Confirmation Information
Please register by contacting Fr. Lewk in the rectory at 718-836-7200 ext. 18.
RCIA Registration for September 2012
Registration is open for the RCIA program beginning in September 2012.
Please contact Fr. Richard Lewkiewicz (Fr. Lewk) at 718-836-7200 Ext. 18.
You may print the RCIA Registration form and bring it with you when you schedule an appointment with Fr. Lewk.