Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Our Most Holy Redeemer Elect and Candidates at The Rite of Election at St. Mary’s Cathedral Sunday, February 15, 2018

If you are interested in RCIA, please email rcia@mhr.org or contact the parish office at 415-863-6259

Have you come to the liturgies at MHR and felt a call to deepen your relationship with God through Jesus Christ in a Catholic community? All people who are open to discerning their personal experience of faith and to learning more about the Catholic Church are welcome to begin the RCIA process; they include:

  • Adults who have never been baptized and desire a process to help them grow in awareness to God’s call to conversion and ways to respond to that call. They are considered catechumens.
  • Adults who were baptized into another Christian denomination and wish to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church. They are considered candidates.
  • Adults who were baptized as infants but not given religious instruction in the Catholic faith. These adults will be prepared to celebrate the sacraments of penance, confirmation and Eucharist. They are also considered candidates.

RCIA is a shared journey through a sacramental process experienced in community with other adult seekers like you and the larger community of MHR. The journey begins with an extended period of inquiry created to give every individual an opportunity to discern their readiness and desire to continue. It also allows individuals time to prepare for their commitment to the process of Catholic initiation. The classes focus on spiritual formation and prayer, the sacraments and liturgy, Church teachings and doctrine, and an overview of Catholic Social Teaching prescribing the work of service and justice.

Sessions begin in the fall and conclude with the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist) celebrated at the Easter Vigil. Please contact the parish office for further information at secretary@mhr.org.