Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) RCIA is the process by which adults prepare for the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist) or for full communion in the Catholic Church. An adult preparing for Baptism, Confirmation & Eucharist is called a “catechumen.” Those preparing for Confirmation, Eucharist, or full communion in the Catholic Church are called “candidates.” All catechumens and candidates are asked to have a sponsor who will personally encourage them as they make this pilgrimage. Catechumens, candidates, their sponsors, and the RCIA Team meet three Sundays a month beginning in mid-October.

In addition to the classes, they celebrate the Rite of Acceptance and the Rite of Election at Saint Mary’s Cathedral in Saint Cloud. Initiation and Acceptance into Full Communion occur at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday. Several sessions of mystagogy are held after Easter.

Interested in learning more about RCIA? Please contact Sherry Braegelmann at


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