Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is the process for welcoming new members into the Roman Catholic Church.  Christian Initiation is a community journey that leads one to an opening of mind and spirit.  Guided by the Gospel and by the example of parishioners, newcomers (Inquirers) can find a place in the community of believers.  In turn, Inquirers and, later, Catechumens inspire the parishioners as each candidate proceeds in entering the Church community.

Christian Initiation is both a personal and communal journey for the newcomers in examining one’s relationship with God.  The enthusiastic and joyous response of candidates to the discovery of Christ in their lives sparks renewed faith in the lives of the present parishioners.  The resulting energy causes members to re-examine their own relationships with God.

St. James offers a religious education process called RCIA. Through RCIA, people learn about the Catholic Faith and prepare to become full members of our Catholic family. This process is also available for children and teens. Contact the parish office  if you have questions or would like additional information or email rcia@stjameswv.org.

Please download the following files for RCIA:

Rite of Christian Initiation for Teens (RCIT)

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RCIT provides information in a weekly setting to teens who are interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith with the hope they will become practicing members of the Church.  Classes are held on Sunday mornings from 9:30am-10:45am in Mary’s Haven.  Please contact Allie Enos at vcre@stjameswv.org  for more information.