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What is the RCIA?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a “rite” or “ritual” through which an adult (also a child or teenager) becomes a fully initiated Roman Catholic.  The ritual culminates with the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion.

Unbaptized Adults/Children/Teenagers

RCIA prepares you to receive the three Catholic Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and First Holy Communion.  Following a minimum of one year of discernment and instruction and participation of all rites in the catechumenate, all three initiation sacraments are received at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday.

Baptized but Uncatechized Adults/Children/Teenagers

Baptized adults are also prepared for three sacraments-the sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation, and First Holy Communion.  Proof of Christian baptism is required.

Baptized and Catechized Adults/Children/Teenagers

If you were baptized and catechized in a protestant tradition, your individual circumstance will be discussed with the Director of Initiation.  Proof of baptism must be obtained.

Please contact Erica Gamerro for an appointment:  egamerro2@stbpgh.org or 412-561-0570.