Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)


"The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is used to welcome new adult members (18 years and older) into the Catholic Faith and provides an opportunity for faith-filled people to enter into a deeper relationship with God in the Roman Catholic tradition. As an active, alive Catholic community, we welcome inquiries into our faith. The adult initiation team helps these catecumens (unbaptized) and candidates (baptized) on their spiritual journey. Parishioners in good standing are invited to serve as sponsors to assist in the process."

"Coming into full communion with the Catholic Church describes the process for entrance into the Catholic Church for already baptized Christians. In most cases, these individuals make a profession of faith but are not baptized again. To prepare for this reception, the people, who are called Candidates, usually participate in a formation program to help them understand and experience the teachings and practices of the Catholic Church. Although some preparation may be with Catechumens preparing for baptism, the preparation for Candidates is different since they have already been baptized and committed to Jesus Christ, and many have also been active members of other Christian communities. The Candidates may be received into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil."  (USCCB)

For more information please contact:  

Erika Underwood, RCIA Coordinator, English, erika.underwood@dsj.org
Juan Antonio Berrios, RICA Coordinator, Spanish, juan.berrios@dsj.org


Rite of Election (2021)

This year, Bishop Cantú delegated the pastors to preside at the Rite of Election on the First Sunday of Lent.

The Rite of Election includes the enrollment of names of all the Catechumens seeking baptism at the coming Easter Vigil. Typically, on the first Sunday of Lent, the Catechumens, their sponsors and families gather at the cathedral church (this year at their parishes). The Catechumens publicly express their desire for baptism to the diocesan bishop (this year to their Pastor). Their names are recorded in a book and they are called the Elect.

Those coming into Full Communion with the Church (the Candidates) are also called forward.

St. Joseph Parish celebrated the Rite of Election on the First Sunday of Lent Vigil Mass (2-20-2021 at 5:30 p.m.)

Aldo Monte Sanchez (Catechumen)


Cory Walker (Candidate)


We pray for those who are preparing for the Easter sacraments, that they might listen to God's beloved Son as they approach their initiation into the Church.