Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults   Please click here for registration form and mail to St. Elizabeth Parish  181 Hubbard Street Ludlow, MA 01056
Classes will begin on Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 7:00pm

 A Journey of Faith…  for those seeking information about the Catholic faith,  for those desiring to become Catholic,  for Catholics seeking Confirmation.

The Journey of Faith

A person’s faith journey always begins with God’s initiation. God’s presence can feel like a knocking at the door, a curiosity, and a sense of wonder, a longing for healing, inner peace.

Mysteriously, faith gradually changes from belief in something to belief in Someone with a desire to know that person even more.

The Church offers the opportunity to become acquainted with the Scriptures, its traditions and the Christian life, for those who have questions about the Catholic faith. This is the beginning of the process called RCIA.

What is RCIA?

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the way by which people become full members of the Roman Catholic Church. Full membership requires a total formation, which culminates in the sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. RCIA is a faith journey in which a person is introduced to the community, beliefs, liturgy, and apostolic work of the Catholic Church.

Who is it for?
RCIA is designed primarily for those seeking Baptism. Since baptized Christians from other denominations may be seeking membership in the Catholic Church, the RCIA process is adapted to their needs as well. Baptized Catholics are also welcome who are seeking first communion and/or confirmation, thus completing their initiation sacraments.
What is the Process?
The purpose of any program of Christian Initiation is to allow people the opportunity to deepen their encounter with Christ and the Catholic community. More is involved than merely learning a creed. The process involves several aspects:
  • Period of Inquiry
  • Rite of Acceptance
  • Catechumenate

(a period of formation)

  • Rite of Election
  • Purification, enlightenment, and Scrutinies (a time of more intense spiritual preparation)
  • Initiation Rites
  • Mystagogia

Overview of the Process

The RCIA may be a one-or two-year process because it respects the readiness of the person. The initial stage is called Inquiry. When candidates are ready, they participate in the Rite of Acceptance, and enter the period of the Catechumenate by reflecting on the Gospel of Jesus in light of their own life history. On the first Sunday of Lent, candidates assemble in St. Michael’s Cathedral in Springfield, MA for the Rite of Election. After this, a period of Purification and Enlightenment occurs. Initiation sacraments take place during the Easter Vigil followed by a time of Mystagogia in which the candidates reflect further on the mystery of Easter and the ways in which they can become disciples of Jesus through the apostolic work of the church.


We meet in the fall of each year and go up until the Easter Vigil. If you are interested please contact Kathy Lawrence at the rectory 413-583-3467 Monday thru Friday between 8:00am & 4:00pm

or via email at stelizabethrectory@yahoo.com