Anyone who is interested in learning more about the
Catholic Church or is interested in becoming Catholic can
contact Joe Velie (265-4557) to answer any questions or for
more information. Those who wish to join the Catholic
Church would do so through the Rite of Christian
Initiation for Adults.
What is the Rite of Christian
Initiation for Adults?
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, or RCIA, is the
rite through which people who are not Catholic enter the
Catholic Church. Someone who has never been baptized
becomes a catechumen. The word catechumen is a Greek
word, which means “one in whom word echoes.” Through
RCIA, the catechumen is prepared for entry into the
Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil, that is, the Saturday
evening before Easter Sunday.
RCIA is also for those who have already been baptized and
wish to enter the Catholic Church. Someone who is
baptized in a different denomination is called a candidate.
They typically enter the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil
Catechumens and candidates have a special place in the
heart of the Catholic Church. The Church’s documents
state “From the moment of their entry (into the RCIA) the
Church surrounds catechumens (and candidates) with her
affection, her care, as though they are already her children
and joined to her.”
Iron River, Caspian, & Watersmeet, MI
Catholic Communities of
Iron River, Caspian & Watersmeet