Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Rite of Christian Initiation for St. Gabriel Catholic Church in the Northland of based in Kansas City Missouri


Please keep all those who are on this RCIA journey in your prayers. If you know of someone who is interested in exploring the possibility of becoming Catholic please contact the Parish Office – 453-1183 ext 200.


The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process established for the universal Church for individuals to become Catholic and receive the sacraments of initiation-Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. This initiation process also involves a parish community experiencing a renewal in faith as it prepares and welcomes new members into the Church. The Rite speaks of conversation as a "spiritual journey". Centered on fostering a deep relationship with Jesus and the Church he founded, this journey takes place through distinct stages over a period of time suitable to bring thorough catechesis, significant experience of a parish community and commitment to liturgical and moral life of the Catholic faithful.

This ritual includes a four-stage journey with three major rites functioning as a passage from one stage to the next. The celebrations usually take place at Mass.

  • First Stage: Pre-Catechumenate – a time of inquiry, not of commitment.
    • Rite of Acceptance and Welcoming 
  • Second Stage: Catechumenate – a time of learning more about what the Church teaches through exploring the Sunday Scriptures.
    • Rite of Election (1st Sunday of Lent)
  • Third Stage: Purification and Enlightenment – a time of retreat and reflection.
    • Rites of Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist  
  • Fourth Stage: Mystagogy – uncovering the meaning of living as a Catholic.   


Through these different stages and celebrations at Mass one will gradually become part of the Catholic Church. During this faith journey one will not only learn information about the Catholic faith. They will join with other Catholics in prayer and worship, in service and mission, and in talking about the meaning of faith in life. Usually this process last 9 – 12 months. More or less time may be needed depending on whether is already baptized and how much faith formation already has.



Whom is the RCIA for?

     +Persons in need of Baptism - Catechumen

     +Persons baptized in another Christian tradition who desire to become Catholic - Candidate

     +Persons baptized Catholic in need of First Communion and Confirmation - Candidate


RCIA at St. Gabriel

+RCIA Sessions are held on Sunday mornings beginning with the 8am Mass. At Mass the Catechumens and Candidates are dismissed after the Homily for Breaking Open of the Word where they go and reflect further on God’s Word.

+After Mass the Catechumens, Candidates, Sponsors, & RCIA Team gather for a session with a topic on the Catholic faith.