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Becoming Catholic

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)


The RCIA Team at Sacred Hearts Parish is eager to welcome you to the process of becoming Catholic and to journey with you along the way.

The RCIA process is appropriate for three groups of adults:

The Unbaptized: Adults who have never been baptized become “Catechumens” and journey through a period of instruction, prayer, and discussion marked in stages by various rituals known as “Rites.” Generally, the process begins in the fall of the year and reaches its culmination at the Easter Vigil Mass when the participants are received into the Catholic Church through reception of the Sacraments of Baptism, Holy Eucharist, and Confirmation.

Those Baptized in Another Christian Faith: Christians who were previously baptized in another Christian church participate in various aspects of RCIA applicable to their needs. Typically, this entails joining with other members of the group for instruction, prayer, discussion and the observance of Rites pertinent to their situation. These participants are known as “Candidates,” and are received into the Catholic Church at Easter through the reception of the Sacraments of Penance, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation.

Baptized, but Uncatechized Catholics: These participants were baptized in the Catholic Church, but never received the Sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Confirmation. They join the group for instruction, prayer, discussion, and applicable Rites. They are known as “Candidates,” and complete their initiation into the Catholic Church at Easter through Penance, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation.

At Sacred Hearts, the RCIA Team also welcomes adult Catholics who are in need of preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation only. They join the group for instruction, prayer and discussion in preparation for receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation at an Adult Regional Confirmation during Easter Week.

In addition, anyone interested in learning more about the Catholic faith without making a commitment is welcome to join in our group.

The RCIA journey is a process of conversion of heart, as one seeks to deepen and expand their relationship with the Lord; therefore, it is very unique to each individual. A participant may take as long as they need to negotiate the process, and we strive to tailor the experience as much as possible to the needs of the individual participants.

If you would like to begin your journey, please call the Pastoral Center at 978-373-1281 and speak with either Fr. John Delaney, Fr. Ben LeTran or Betty Desjardins, and they will help you get started.