What is RCIA? Who is it for?

It is a class on Becoming Fully Catholic. The letters stand for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).

The October to April class meets to help people to know the Catholic faith, in order to join into it, or just to know it better, or to know it better so as to receive more Sacraments and be a full participant. It is directed by the clergy, with many classes being given by members of the parish who work and teach with the clergy's guidance. A clergy member (or seminarian) will be at most sessions.

Classes are held on various Saturday mornings from late September through April

RCIA is a journey in faith for:

  • the unchurched
  • the unbaptized
  • baptized Christians seeking a new way

What Can I Expect?

The RCIA process will help you to know the Good News of the Gospel more fully and to follow Jesus more closely in your daily life.

You will be free to explore issues important to you and to decide for yourself if you are ready to commit yourself to Christianity in the Catholic Church.

How Does it Work?

Classes are held on various Saturday mornings from late September through April, to teach and discuss the basics of the catholic faith. It is held at 9:00-10:40am and led by Fr. Barry and with guest speakers, along with a video program to watch, and books to read.

If interested, call Fr. Barry at St. Edward Rectory at 301-249-9199 or email oremus2005@earthlink.net.

  • 1st Step: Getting acquainted. Period of Inquiry.
  • 2nd Step: Making a decision. Period of the Catechumenate.
  • 3rd Step: Deepening the commitment. The Lenten Experience.
  • 4th Step: Reception into full communion in the Catholic Church.

How Do I Participate?

If you are interested in joining our group of inquirers or if you know someone who has expressed an interest in our Faith or in coming back to the Church, please fill in the online RCIA registration form or download the PDF form, fill it out and mail it to us or drop it in the collection basket. The easiest way to get started is to call Fr. Barry 301-249-9199 Ext. 1

2016 RCIA Class