RCIA: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
RBCFC: Reception of Baptized Christians into Full Communion
The RBCFC begins each year in early fall. The program is structured to provide faith formation through prayer, discernment and ritual.
The RBCFC is a process in which already baptized individuals complete their baptisms in the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist, and are welcomed into full communion with the Roman Catholic church. It is for Roman Catholic Christians who were baptized but never received the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist, and for other baptized Christians who wish to enter the Catholic Church and receive those Sacraments. The Catholic church recognizes the baptisms of most Christian churches of persons baptized in water and in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. If you have never been baptized, the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a separate process.
The beginning process is called inquiry. It is assumed that you are exploring your decision to become a full member of the Catholic Church. To this end, we provide meeting times, prayer and discussion to help your reflection. In November, we have a Rite of Acceptance which formally acknowledges your journey. After this you will meet regularly with members of the community as well as fellow candidates for reception to pray together, to learn more about the Catholic faith, and to reflect on your journey towards deeper Christian commitment. This period generally lasts for a few months, however, as necessary, it can be extended for a particular individual for a couple of years.
The beginning of Lent in the spring marks a shift in the process. You will be invited to a the Call to Continuing Conversion at the Cathedral, where all individuals seeking to be received into the Church are welcomed by the Archbishop, and all people of the Archdiocese pray for the Candidates and Catechumens. Candidates will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation as part of their preparation of to full communion in the Catholic Church Rite of Election . At this stage, the individual is into a more profound discernment regarding his/her decision. This stage is marked by a welcome by the Bishop at a ceremony attended by all individuals, in this region, who are asking to be received into the Catholic Church. During Lent, the entire church's time of preparation to renew their baptismal commitment at Easter.
The formation period comes to fulfillment at Easter . On Saturday night, during the Easter Vigil , those asking for baptism will be initiated. RBCFC participants will attend the vigil as honored guests. Two weeks, later, during the Easter season, at a special ceremony within the Sunday Mass, you will be received into the Church, given Holy Communion and Confirmed.
For more information about the Reception of Baptized Christians into Full Communion at the Paulist Center, please contact Fr. Rick Walsh CSP.