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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults


St. Francis Parish is looking for inquirers for the Rite of Christian Initiation process. Do you know someone who is interested in learning more about the Catholic faith? This is a good time to invite family and friends to learn more about being a disciple of Christ and the Tradition of the Catholic Church. The RCIA process is for those who are not baptized, those baptized in another Christian tradition and those who would like to complete the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. We meet on Monday evenings in the Parish Hall at 7PM. Call Elizabeth in the Parish Office for more information.

If you are not baptized or were baptized in another Christian tradition and are interested in learning more about the Catholic Church, the Rite of Christian Initiation process might be the next step in your journey of faith. Many parents choose St. Francis of Assisi school for their children and then decide that God is drawing them to expand their own understanding of the Catholic Church. Others may have found grounding in early childhood Catholic education but never completed their Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. We realize that everyone is at a different place on their journey of faith. RCIA is a starting point for those who know they definitely want to become Catholic, as well as others who are just looking and not sure at this time. The Rite of Christian Initiation Process is a good place for you to come and explore what God is asking of you. RCIA meets from 7:00 to 9:00 PM on Monday evenings between August and the middle of May.

For more information contact Elizabeth Hanks in the Parish Office, (206) 242-4575, ext. 25 to set up an appointment to talk about the RCIA process.

We meet on Monday evenings at 7:00 PM in the Parish Hall.

If your child is 7 years or older and has not been Baptized, contact Cheryl Brooten, (206) 242-4575, ext. 24 for information about the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children process. 

Rite of Christian Initiation

Please continue to pray for our Elect and Candidates:
Lem Robinson, Gilbert Camacho, Devin Luna Gomez, Laci DaCosta, Matthew DaCosta, Melissa Colin, Angelo Lowrie, Valarie Gallegos, Kelsey Luna and Edwin Gomez Mancia

The Lord cleanses us from all that prevents us from having a clear vision of God’s plan for us. Our community continues our love, care and prayerful support for all those preparing to be received into the church at the Easter Vigil.

From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

Each year on Holy Saturday during the Easter Vigil,  thousands are baptized into the Catholic Church in the United States. Parishes welcome these new Catholics through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Listed below are some questions and answers about RCIA. 

What are the steps of RCIA?

Prior to beginning the RCIA process, an individual comes to some knowledge of Jesus Christ, considers his or her relationship with Jesus Christ and is usually attracted in some way to the Catholic Church. This period is known as the Period of Evangelization and Precatechumenate. For some, this process involves a long period of searching; for others, a shorter time. Often, contact with people of faith and a personal faith experience lead people to inquire about the Catholic Church. After a conversation with a priest, or RCIA director, the person, known as an "inquirer," may seek acceptance into the Order of Catechumens, through the Rite of Acceptance. During this Rite, the inquirer stands amidst the parish community and states that he or she wants to become a baptized member of the Catholic Church. The parish assembly affirms this desire and the inquirer becomes a Catechumen.

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