The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

RCIA is a process of preparation and study for all who are interested in becoming Catholic.


The topic for October 14 is Teaching Catholicism-The Ineffable Mystery of God by Bishop Robert E. Barron.

Speaking in cathedrals and a concentration camp, Fr. Barron addresses age-old theological questions: Who or what is God? Can God’s existence be proved? Why is there evil? What is the Trinity? Can religion and science be reconciled?

“Bishop Barron considers St. Anselm’s description of God as “that than which nothing greater can be thought,” and goes on to explain St. Thomas Aquinas’ arguments which support the claim that God truly exists. He also speaks from the Catholic tradition about the nature of God and the challenging question of evil and the existence of God. To provide a vision of the ineffable majesty and mystery of God, Bishop Barron invites us to the heights of the Sinai desert and makes his way to mysterious Istanbul, walks the glittering streets of Paris and then captivates the viewer with the glories of the Sistine Chapel in Rome.”

Outline and Summary Discussion after presentation.

RCIA meets each Monday from 7-9 pm in
the East Meeting Room of the parish center. Questions? Call 717-272-5674, ext 3102.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults in the Catholic Church

Coming into full communion with the Catholic Church describes the process for entrance into the Catholic Church for already baptized Christians. In most cases, these individuals make a profession of faith but are not baptized again. To prepare for this reception, the people, who are called Candidates, usually participate in a formation program to help them understand and experience the teachings and practices of the Catholic Church. Although some preparation may be with Catechumens preparing for baptism, the preparation for Candidates is different since they have already been baptized and committed to Jesus Christ, and many have also been active members of other Christian communities. The Candidates may be received into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil or at another Sunday during the year depending on pastoral circumstances and readiness of the Candidate.