Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Would you like to become Catholic?

Were you baptized as a Roman Catholic and never received First Communion or Confirmation?

Do you have a friend or family member who may be interested in inquiring into Catholic faith?

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We have the privilege at St. Ignatius of welcoming many guests and visitors. We especially welcome those who may be thinking about becoming Catholic.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the ordinary way the Church reaches out to adults who inquire into the Catholic faith. Since the beginning of the Church, adults have been welcomed into the Church through baptism after a period of instruction, prayer, and reflection. We at St. Ignatius Loyola are continuing this tradition. 

If you feel drawn to the Catholic faith, we invite you to join us! Participants inquire into the Catholic faith, come to know Jesus through the Gospels, pray and prepare for the Easter Sacraments. This process is also open to Catholic adults who have not received the Sacraments of First Communion or Confirmation.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults includes formation, prayer and liturgical rites and is a vital part of the parish and the universal Church. There are several stages in the process and each phase recognizes that every Christian life is, in fact, a journey.

Although the conversion journey begins formally when the RCIA inquirers and the parish team first begin meeting, the real conversion journey starts much earlier in people’s hearts. God calls all of us by name. The appeal of Christ’s fundamental message is ongoing and is experienced by a diverse group.

Here are some comments from those who have become Catholic:

After high school, art school exposed me to all variety of contemporary secular thought and I drank it in. Soon it was the 90s when the so-called New Atheists were on the rise. I read all of their books as fast as I could get them. I also read books of scripture scholarship in order to prepare myself to debate believers. Once in a while, though, an undeniable beauty would glimmer from these readings, momentarily piercing my certainty. I saw only later that Christ was always quietly but tenaciously holding my attention.

There was no shattering event or obvious turning point, though there were a number of shining influences – individuals, ideas, texts – along the way. The materialist philosophy that I had been touting for my entire adult life gradually began to feel inadequate and superficial. Then there were, here and there, fleeting moments of wonder, of a sudden staggering awareness of the immeasurable, inexplicable gratuitousness of being. Four years ago, I was baptized here at St Ignatius Loyola, followed two years later by my wife, and just months after that by our two daughters.
– Philip Lauer

Many seasons of my life turned before I was ready to enter the Catholic Church. For years I sat in the pews of parishes I loved while moving around the country, and in them I always experienced great peace. However, I wasn’t prepared to move forward in faith. I did not anticipate that St. Ignatius would inspire such movement in my soul! In unknowing preparation for the RCIA process, I was befriended and loved by the Ignatian Young Adults. They inspired me to question the key items hindering me from pursuing Catholicism more fully. Through these many months I have learned much; the more I’ve learned, the more I’ve come to accept that many questions must be satisfied by faith alone. This is my greatest joy—to have found a community where my simple faith can be strengthened! I’ve cried many tears at Mass at St. Ignatius; the Holy Spirit is alive and well here.
– Trysha Daskam

One hot summer day, I found myself standing in front of St. Ignatius Loyola. The doors were wide open. I wasn’t sure if I was allowed to enter, but I went inside anyway. When I walked in, I was overwhelmed by how beautiful the church was. Someone was practicing the organ, and I sat in a pew to listen. I closed my eyes, and felt myself rocking from side to side. I mumbled a prayer lower than a whisper. An amazing thing happened. I felt completely calm. An unfamiliar stillness and sense of peace fell over me. In that moment, I knew I had to come back to this place. I began visiting almost every day to pray, and later, started attending Mass. When I started the RCIA process, I was able to rest in the peace of God. I have found a great community at St. Ignatius Loyola, and found abundant opportunities to become stronger in my faith.
– A. Grier

As I reflect on my year of conversion, I also think about the love and support that I felt from the St. Ignatius community and RCIA team, from the Parish, as well as relationships developed through the Grammar School and the Day Nursery. I was encouraged by others who had committed to the Church as adults, buoyed by their excitement and enthusiasm as they spoke about their own conversion experiences and how they showed their support for my journey.

I found myself thanking God for the special moments in my everyday life—an unexpected moment of kindness between my sons or a beautiful sunrise during a brisk morning run in Central Park—and asking Him for guidance with challenges big and small.

I truly felt God’s embrace all around me, culminating at the moving Easter Vigil liturgy. Deepened faith and unity for my family continues to encapsulate so much of what I seek from the Church. My family looks forward to another exciting year in the Church as our second son prepares for his First Holy Communion next spring. I realize RCIA was just the beginning of my new life as a Catholic, but what an important and amazing beginning it was. St. Ignatius is a special community and I feel truly blessed to be a part of it.
– Arjay Jensen

The power of God and His mission resides not in the bricks and mortar, but in our Parish through the priests, staff, cantors, musicians, volunteers, the devoted custodians, and the outreach of the parishioners. “For just as in one body we have many members, yet all the members have not the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ” (Romans 12:4-5). We see ourselves as Roman Catholics in progress. Where do we go from here? Our journey has only begun. We are grateful for God’s love, ever mindful of our weaknesses, striving to be better servants, and grateful for every day God gives us.
– Suzanne and Howard Feldman

The RCIA environment was loving, open-minded, and down to earth. We became a community and it felt safe to ask any kind of question. Looking back, I can see I was falling in love: with God, with the world, and with life. It was as though I had come home to a place I didn’t know was waiting for me. By the time I participated in the Rite of Welcome, I had yet to get all my objections answered. But I knew enough to allow God to figure out the rest. More than anything else, I longed to know Jesus Christ more intimately. My challenge to God to overcome each one of my objections slowly turned into God’s invitation to turn myself in, to give myself up. That this invitation had been extended to me the whole of my life still strikes me as miraculous.
– Skye Christina Angioletti

One evening, I found myself sitting in a pew, gazing up at a face and a symbol that had been following me since as far back as my memory allowed. I wasn’t brought up with religion, and I had hardly spent much time in a church. But I felt that I had never needed God more. The next evening, I came back. And the evening after that, I came back again. A pattern started to develop (which was unusual for a man who had been raised a skeptic!), and as part of that pattern I committed myself to learning more about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

From the day I set foot in St. Ignatius Loyola to participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, it was clear that I had found my place. It could not have come at a better time, and the parish community could not have been more welcoming. As one version of me faded, a new one took its place. Guided in my learning and blessed with the camaraderie of my fellow catechumens (those preparing for Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist), I was baptized at the Easter Vigil and commenced my life as a Catholic.
– Emir Senturk

I will treasure my RCIA journey, my Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation as some of the most meaningful moments of my life. My husband and I were married on June 6, 2015 at St. Ignatius Loyola, and as the cantor sang Ave Maria I realized that the Holy Spirit was with us. Today I feel so blessed to be a part of the St. Ignatius family, I am honored to be a Catholic, and am eager to continue to learn and welcome God into my life every day. In retrospect, I realize that God has been with me my entire life, but was just waiting for me to be ready. I hope you all enjoy your journey as much as I have.
– Fahimeh Sasan

Entering the Catholic Church has brought with it the many joys and consolations of Catholic life, but just as certainly, it has left me to meditate upon our faith’s many mysteries and to grapple with the challenges and obligations it places upon us. That’s why for me and, I believe, for us as a Parish community and as part of the universal church, the Rites leading up to becoming Catholic are so valuable, and why those participating in it should energize and inspire us. For in witnessing this milestone on their spiritual path, we are explicitly recognizing that every Christian life is, in fact, a journey.

These seekers boldly embrace the wondering, seeking and struggling that are the hallmarks of any journey and the inescapable realities of faith. And in so doing, they are reminding cradle Catholics and converts alike that the transformation of ourselves and our community actually depends on every one of us embracing, with the help of God’s grace, those realities. If not for Christ, that challenge, with its missteps and frustrations assured, might feel too daunting.
– Doug Mehagian

I decided to seek admission to the Catholic Church after attending a three-hour Good Friday Service at St. Ignatius Loyola in 2016. I was profoundly moved by the ecumenical nature of the service; the meditations were led by ministers of different denominations. I was also encouraged to join RCIA by friends whose sons attend Loyola School and serve as altar servers at the Parish. The program was thorough and ably conducted by a dedicated team who guided us with incredible understanding and patience through to the glorious moments of Baptism, Confirmation, First Eucharist and Reception at the Easter Vigil. There were 23 of us who had not known each other. At the end, the love and support among us was tangible; no longer strangers, but brothers and sisters in the Risen Christ. The reception by the Parish will remain an everlasting joy!–  Wylton James

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