Scenes with our RCIA students receiving their sacraments at the Easter Vigil Mass.

Rite of Christian Initiation (R.C.I.A.)

Thinking of joining the Roman Catholic Church?

Wonderful, and welcome! St. Bede the Venerable Church can certainly help you achieve your goal.

The stages used in the process of becoming a Catholic are known as the Catholic RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiations for Adults).  Are you over the age of 16? Then you are in the right place, otherwise, please go to Christian Initiation of Children for more information.  (link will be need to CIC section)

Below we hope to provide some basic guidance for this process, but at any point in your journey, we encourage you to simply reach out to our Religious Education Department at 215-357-2130 or one of our Priests by contacting our Parish office at 215-357-5720 and we will set you on the correct path.

A few Sacramental procedures will be addressed as we begin. Those are:

Baptism

  • If you are an adult who was baptized in another Christian community and want to become Catholic, we invite you to journey in faith through RCIA, which is specifically designed for adults who freely seek to enter the Catholic Church.
  • If you are not baptized and wish to enter the Catholic Church, this program will assist you in receiving the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation & Eucharist. This program runs from autumn through the Easter season.

Confirmation

  • If you are baptized Protestant and interested in becoming Catholic, you would receive this sacrament after participating in RCIA. Again, please contact the Parish office by Religious Education Department at 215-357-2130 or one of our Priests by contacting our Parish office at 215-357-5720 and we will set you on the correct path.

This period tends to correspond with Lent and is intended to be a period of increased introspection and coming closer to God. The aim of this period is to eliminate what is weak and sinful; and affirm what is holy. During this period the Catechumens undertake a number of Rites, including the Scrutinies and Presentations:

First Scrutiny (3rd Sunday of Lent)
The Presentation of the Creed (3rd Week of Lent)
Second Scrutiny (4th Sunday of Lent)
Third Scrutiny (5th Sunday of Lent)
The Presentation of the Lord’s Prayer (5th Week of Lent)

Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation

At the Easter Vigil the celebration of three sacraments takes place. The sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist (Holy Communion), and Confirmation. The Catehumens celebrate all of these while the Candidates (having already been Baptized) only celebrate the Eucharist and Confirmation. The Catechumens now called Neophytes, and are considered to be full members of the Catholic Church.

Period of Post-Baptismal Catechesis or Mystagogy

Mystagogy is a fifty day period which lasts from Easter Sunday until Pentecost Sunday. Pentecost Sunday marks the end of the Easter season. The conclusion of the Mystagogy period marks the end of the formal process of Christian formation.

Mystagogy is a time for the Community and the Neophytes {and those who have been received into full Communion with the Catholic Church} together to grow in deepening their grasp of the paschal mystery and in making it part of their lives through meditation on the Gospel, sharing in the Eucharist, and doing the works of Charity.

From the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

This period should be used to introduce the Neophytes and those who have been received into full Communion with the Catholic Church to the groups and organizations established in the Parish.

This period often comes to a close with the celebration of Holy Mass for new Catholics held at the local Diocesan Cathedral.

If you would like more information or if you are interested in participating in the RCIA process, please call Shawn Tobin at 215-357-2130.

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