Adults wishing to convert to Catholicism enter the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, more commonly known by its acronym RCIA.

What is the RCIA?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process for initiation into the Catholic Church.  It is a restoration of the catechumenate, which was the early Church's practice around the 3rd and 4th centuries.  The Congregation for Divine Worship prepared it and Pope Paul VI approved it in 1972.  It was approved for use in the United States in 1974.  It is now mandated in all parishes.  

Who is the RCIA for? 

   •Persons in need of Baptism

   •Persons baptized in another Christian faith but interested in becoming Catholic

   •Persons baptized Catholic in need of First Communion and / or Confirmation

How to begin the process? 

Contact the Church Office at (504) 866-3621. We welcome individual questions, desiring to walk with you on this personal journey of faith in our St. Rita community.