Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) /Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC)

RCIA and RCIC are the processes by which adults and children learn about the Roman Catholic Church and gradually become full members of the Catholic Church. Nativity’s program also includes many people already Catholic by faith and baptism who seek to renew or refresh their knowledge of the faith and their participation in it. Every year, adults and children are welcomed into the Catholic community through RCIA and RCIC.

The RCIA/RCIC is a journey of faith through the initial stages of asking and seeking, beginning involvement with Christian/Catholic people, hearing the Gospel proclaimed and by faithful reflection and prayer on this Word of God, study and discussion about the Catholic experience, doubts and hesitations, discernment of God’s call for them as individuals, the steps of commitment, and the sacraments of initiation (baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist).


    RCIA and RCIC are for adults and children who:

  • Are interested in learning more about the Catholic Church.
  • Have never been baptized.
  • Have been baptized in another faith and are interested in joining the Catholic Church.
  • Are baptized Catholics who have not yet received Eucharist or Confirmation.
  • Are married to a Catholic and attend Mass and want to find out how to join the church.
  • Want to understand the faith of a friend or family member.
  • Are Catholic and seeking to refresh and deepen their understanding of the faith in order to participate in a more meaningful way.

The length of preparation at Nativity Parish is based roughly on the school year. Sessions start in September and run to Pentecost Sunday.

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