Becoming a Catholic Christian
I’m interested. What should my first step be?
Contact our pastor. Our pastor can discuss with you the specifics of the initiation process at St. Ignatius Loyola. Best wishes!
The formation of adults and process by which they are initiated into the Church is known as the "Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults," or the "RCIA."
The RCIA is for:
- Unbaptized... persons who have attained the age of reason (7 years and older) follow a process to help them grow in awareness to God's call to conversion as well as ways to respond to that call. They are considered catechumens.
- Baptized in Another Christian Church... those catechized and uncatechized persons from a faith tradition other than Catholic who are seeking full communion with the Roman Catholic Church (Eucharist and Confirmation). They are considered candidates.
- Baptized but uncatechized Catholic Adults... persons who were baptized as infants in the Catholic Church but did not receive any religious upbringing within the Catholic Tradition. These adults will be prepared to celebrate the sacraments of Penance, Confirmation and Eucharist. They are also considered candidates.
In the case of children who have reached the age of reason (ages 7-16), the pastor of St. Ignatius Loyola should be consulted for information about Baptism and the other Sacraments of Initiation.
Adult Catholics who were baptized and received their First Eucharist in the Catholic Church and are interested in the Sacrament of Confirmation should contact our parish office.