The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

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The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process where interested adults and older children are gradually introduced into the Roman Catholic faith. RCIA is a process that involves the entire faith community and includes several liturgical rites that help the inquirer toward the final rite of becoming a full member of the Roman Catholic Church.

The RCIA team at St. Mary's is a group of involved, enthusiastic, and faithful parishioners who enjoys being a part of the enlightenment of others for Christ Jesus. If you are exploring the Catholic faith, have questions about Christianity, in general, or are feeling drawn to the Catholic faith, please contact the Parish Office.

The formal RCIA process beings each fall; however, we can provide weekly pre-inquiry sessions either between the Masses on Sunday or at another mutually agreeable time during the week. During the pre-inquiry period the weekly gospel reading is discussed and drawn into the context of our daily lives. The pre-inquiry period is very informal and optional but it can answer a number of your questions as well as help you to begin your faith journey.

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RCIA General Information

From September-Easter adults participating in the RCIA process are preparing for the possibility of “saying YES to God” at the Easter Vigil Mass where they will come into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church.

This preparation process (formally called the “Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults”) includes weekly study groups to discuss a specific area or topic of the Catholic faith. The material is presented by a knowledgeable instructor. These topics are discussed or applied in either a small group environment or with the entire group of participants and team members.

Other components of this preparation process can include participation in:

· multiple rites ,            

· an optional RCIA Service Project ,  

· Lenten soup & stations of the cross (Friday during Lent), and             

· a one-day Retreat @ St. Gertrude's (a true blessing).     


The culmination of this preparation period is the Easter Vigil Mass on the Saturday evening before Easter Sunday where you will:

· be baptized (if you’ve never been baptized before) ,        

· be confirmed, and

· partake in the Eucharist (Holy Communion) as a full member of the Catholic Church

Adult Sacramental Preparation


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General Information

How to read the Bible

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) – daily readings, Catechism of the Catholic Church (online/searchable), news, much more

American Catholic (free email newsletters, updates, living our faith, & much more)

Catholic Encyclopedia

Christianity & the Church Timeline

Modern Catholic Information (including music, t-shirts, and free computer wallpaper)

e-Catholic 2000 website (RCIA information, prayers, saints, Bibles, etc.)

Fisheaters – general Catholic site – good information

Useful Links

St. Mary's Catholic Community                         Moscow & Genesee, ID

Fr. Joseph F. McDonald, III JCL, Pastor

Deacon George Canney

Deacon Ray Daigh