RCIA - Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long is the process of RCIA?
A: At St. Paul our RCIA process runs from the beginning of September through the end of May.
Q: Is RCIA only for adults only?
A: At St. Paul our RCIA program is for adults ages 18 and over.
Q: What's the difference in the process for those who are baptized versus those who are not?
A: Except for some of the rites being slightly different, and our expectation that those who are not baptized take longer to build their relationship with the Church and God, there is little difference. Those who are baptized are called Candidates and those who are not Baptized are called catechumens. Also, the rite of initiation for those who are not baptized (catechumens) includes a baptism. Those who are baptized will experience their first sacrament of reconciliation just before the rite of initiation.
Q: If I was baptized by the Catholic Church and have not received any other sacraments, is RCIA for me?
A: Yes. It is our expectation that those adults who have only received the sacrament of baptism have not been fully catechized (taught and raised up) in the Catholic faith, it makes sense that the RCIA process fits well with those individuals. As a baptized Catholic you would be brought into RCIA as a candidate.
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