Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
We, the St. Timothy Parish clergy and lay faithful, are delighted you are inquiring about the Catholic faith!
Whether you are seeking God for the first time, are an already baptized Christian of a different denomination, a baptized Catholic who has fallen away from the Church, or a practicing Catholic who desires to grow deeper in understanding of the Catholic faith –
Wherever you are in your journey of faith, we invite you to contact us to find out more about how the Catholic Church can transform your life of faith.
Call or email
Father Phillip Cozzi 703-378-7646
What is RCIA?
RCIA is the spiritual formation process by which people prepare to join the Catholic Church. It is a spiritual journey which begins with making inquiry – responding to God’s call to freely seek the living God. The RCIA process includes periods for maturing in faith and the steps for marking progress – liturgical rites that are celebrated by the Church.
RCIA provides catechesis- the education in the faith– which includes the teaching of Catholic Christian doctrine imparted in an organic and systematic way. The transmission of the Christian faith consists primarily in proclaiming Jesus Christ in order to lead others to faith in Him. At St. Timothy, all RCIA classes are taught by our Priests and Deacon.
RCIA provides a pathway to learn and grow in the faith and enter the Churchthrough receiving the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist) at the Easter Vigil Mass each year.
Who can participate?
• Are interested in learning about the Catholic faith
• Have never been baptized
• Have been baptized in another Christian faith and are interested in the Catholic faith
• Are baptized Catholics who have not yet received the Sacraments of First Communion or Confirmation
• Are married to a Catholic and attend Mass and would like to take the next step to become a member of the Catholic Church
• Are Catholic but want to learn more about their faith
Why would I participate in the RCIA?
RCIA was created by the early Church to prepare adults for reception (initiation) as full members of the Catholic faith. While that is still one of the purposes that RCIA fulfills, the intent to join the Catholic Church is not required or even expected of participants.
Am I committed to anything if I participate?
Absolutely not. People are welcome to come simply to know more or to perhaps feel more comfortable attending Mass with their friends, spouses or children who are Catholic. Our only intent is to help you in your journey toward God. We let you decide if you wish to join the Catholic Church.
We welcome Protestants, Evangelicals and those of other Faiths to explore our common beliefs and to understand the differences.
Where do I begin?
- Give us a call (703-378-7646) or stop by the Parish Office Mon-Fri 9AM-4PM for more information.
- Listen with your heart to these testimonies.
- Listen with your mind
- Professor Scott Hahn, a former prominent Protestant Minister had the same concerns you do. And more!
- Objections to the Catholic Faith? Get answers to doctrinal questions here.
- Dig even deeper through our Outside Resources page.
- Listen with your soul in prayer and join us at Mass. (See these guidelines for the reception of Communion.)
- Religious Education is offered for students in grades 1-12 through the CCD (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) program. Contact the CCD Office (703-378-9143) for registration information.
- RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) educates adults in the Catholic Faith and prepares them to enter the church and to receive the sacraments of the Holy Eucharist and Confirmation.
Other resources for learning about the Catholic faith include:
- Books by great Catholic authors
- Catechism of the Catholic Church: A searchable online version of the Catechism
- Study the Gospels in a Year: Segments of the Gospel and commentary are emailed to you daily
- Documents of the Second Vatican Council
- Why believe in God?
- Isn’t being good good enough?
- Hasn’t science made faith obsolete?
- How can the Church claim to be holy in the face of scandals?
- What gives the Catholic Church the right to tell me how to live my life?
- Great Questions! To start to answer them: