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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation is designed for adults (and children of catechetical age) who, after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. By God’s help they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and at the proper time will receive the sacraments fruitfully. (RCIA Introduction 1)

For information about RCIA or for assistance with implementing the process in your parish, please contact us at or call Sheri Kemp at 804-622-5113.

Keep up with the latest RCIA news, training and resources from OCF.  Click here to get on the RCIA newsletter list.

RCIA December 2020 Newsletter (pdf) Directory for Catechesis

RCIA September 2020 Newsletter (pdf) RCIA Team Training

RCIA March 2020 Newsletter (pdf) Mystagogy, Rite of Election Photos;

RCIA January 2020 Newsletter (pdf) Rite of Election, Adult Confirmation; 

RCIA November 2019 Newsletter (pdf) the Catechumenate; 

RCIA September 2019 Newsletter (pdf) Rite of Acceptance; 

RCIA Summer 2019 Newsletter (pdf) Godparent/Sponsor Attestation Form; 

RCIA Newsletter – April 2019 (pdf) Mystagogy and the 50 Days of Easter;  

RCIA Newsletter – March 2019 (pdf) Period of Purification and Enlightenment;

RCIA Newsletter – February 2019 (pdf) The Rites of Sending and Election;

All RCIA team members will benefit from owning their own book. Click Here to purchase the Rite Book.


Welcome to the Catholic Church
RCIA Leader, your first contact communicates the hospitality and concern of the Church for those seeking Christ. Take care and listen well to them!

After your initial meeting with a prospective candidate, use the helpful documents to gather necessary information.

Questionnaire for Adults Seeking Christian Initiation (pdf)
Explanatory Notes for Questionnaire (pdf)
Statement of Interviewer (pdf)
Churches-Valid-Baptisms-8-1-2007  (pdf)

To use when an individual has been divorced:
Determining CorrectType of Marriage Case (pdf)