The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process through which adults and children age seven and older join or complete their initiation into the Catholic Church. This process is a journey of conversion of mind and heart which takes place within the community of the faithful and involves periods or steps which mark the progress of the one seeking initiation which are accompanied and marked by liturgical rites.
The RCIA is for three groups of people:
- Those who are not baptized.
- Those who were baptized into another Christian denomination and wish to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church.
- Baptized Catholics who were never formed in the Catholic faith and have not completed their initiation; that is, who have received neither of the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.