Education / Formation » RCIA

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, or "RCIA", is a program for adults who are interested in becoming Catholics. It consists of several months of instruction in the teachings, beliefs, customs and practices of the Catholic faith. Those who complete the process are baptized and/or confirmed, and receive their First Communion at Easter. There is a fee of $25 book fee - not a charge for the class.

At St. Celestine Parish, our RCIA Program for 2017-2018 will begin in September 25, 2017 and will conclude on Easter Sunday 2018. We meet on Monday Evenings from 7 to 8:30 pm in the Pastoral Center / Fireside Room.

We also hold RCIA for Teens starting September 21, 2107 until the end of March 2018. We meet on Thursday Evenings from 7 to 8:30 pm in the Pastoral Center / Staff Room.

Handouts and other reading materials are provided.

Many people are searching for spiritual meaning and a deeper relationship with God. Often they feel drawn to the Catholic faith. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process by which adults explore the Catholic faith and ordinarily become members of the Church.

Who is the RCIA intended for?

  • Adults who have never been baptized.
  • Adults who have been baptized in another Christian denomination.
  • Adults who simply want to learn more about the Catholic faith (e.g. the spouse of a Catholic who wants to learn more about the Church).
  • Adults who were baptized Catholic, but never received First Communion or Confirmation.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about RCIA, please contact Julie McGuire, CRE at the Religious Education Office at 708-453-2555 or