Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Becoming Catholic as an adult requires individuals to participate in a time of formation known as the RCIA, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

The word “initiate” means to induct into membership. In the context of Christian Initiation, it means the process that prepares you to become a member of the Catholic Church. People who have been thinking of becoming Catholic, who are attracted to its beliefs and who seek deeper meaning in their lives may wish to follow these promptings and discover what lies behind them.

To help you understand the basic way of Catholic life, we first offer the Inquiry Class. These sessions do not bind or commit you to membership in the Catholic faith. This is the preparation stage and will vary time-wise depending on the participant and on God’s call in his or her life.

The next phase, which is called the Catechumenate, is usually about one year long. During this phase we meet on Sunday Mornings. This time is given to fostering a deeper relationship with the Lord. Our sessions reflect on Scripture, Church teachings, and a variety of related topics – all in preparation for the reception of the Sacraments of Baptism and/or Confirmation and Eucharist normally at Easter of that year.

If you are experiencing a call to become Catholic, perhaps the time is right for you to find out more about the Church’s teaching and way of life. We will warmly welcome you here at St. Bonaventure and do all that we can to help you.

Weekly Inquiry sessions are held on Monday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

If you have questions, please call RCIA Secretary Cindy Turley at (714) 846-3359 ext. 462

For information on being a sponsor, please visit the sponsor page.

Adult Confirmation

Confirmation is the Catholic sacrament of mature Christian life and a deepening of baptismal graces. It is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation. It is most often associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Through Confirmation we are anointed with the same Spirit and the same power as Jesus.

Adult Confirmation is for adults 18 years and over, who have received the Sacraments of Baptism and First Communion, and who desire to complete this phase of their sacramental journey. This process is a time for Catholics to examine and deepen their faith.

Preparation classes begin each year during the third week of January and are held Thursdays from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated on Pentecost Sunday.