Becoming Catholic – Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Each year on Holy Saturday during the Easter Vigil, thousands of men and women are received into the Catholic Church in the United States. Parishes welcome these new members through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and at a liturgy bringing men and women into full communion with the Catholic Church. Listed below are some questions and answers about RCIA. For more information or questions please contact Kyle Murphy at

What are the steps of RCIA?
What is meant when people refer to men and women coming into 'full communion with the Church?'
What is the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday like?
What does the white robe symbolize?
What does the candle symbolize?
What does the Sacred Chrism symbolize?
Why was this ancient rite restored?
Is there a ceremony or preparation for baptized Catholics who never or seldom have practiced the faith?
What is the role of a godparent for an adult being baptized?