Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
“The sharing in the divine nature given to men through the grace of Christ bears a certain likeness to the origin, development, and nourishing of natural life. The faithful are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life. By means of these sacraments of Christian initiation, they thus receive in increasing measure the treasures of the divine life and advance toward the perfection of charity.” Catechism of the Catholic Church 1212
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is designed for three groups of people:
- Adults who are not baptized.
- Adults who were baptized into another Christian denomination and wish to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church.
- Baptized Catholics who were not fully formed in the Catholic faith, have not completed their initiation and have not received the sacraments of Confirmation and/or Eucharist.
Fr. Javier O’Connor leads the weekly RCIA classes at the Christendom Graduate School, located at 4407 Sano Street.
Queen of Apostles offers RCIA classes in English on Monday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. RCIA classes in Spanish are offered on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:00 p.m. at Christendom Graduate School. Classes are held September – June.
Based on desire and preparation, sacraments will be administered during the Easter season or another time.
For general information about the RCIA process, follow this link:
If you or someone you know would like to inquire about becoming Catholic or to receive Sacraments of Initiation, please call Susan Gray at (703) 354-8711 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. An inquiry/registration form will be sent to you, or, print out and complete the attached.
Unbaptized and baptized children in kindergarten (age 5) through high school may attend the Religious Education Program at Queen of Apostles. Registration opens in April with classes beginning in September.