RCIA

What is RCIA?

RCIA is the process by which adults are initiated into the Roman Catholic Church.  It draws its model from the ancient second century Church when becoming a Christian involved a sharp break with the surrounding culture.  New Christians entered into a way of worship and living, which entailed great risks.

Today our faith also demands deep commitment – our beliefs and those of secular society are often in tension.  The Church revived the RCIA because new believers in the modern world also need careful preparation and caring support as they commit to a life in Christ.

How does RCIA work and how long does it take?

The RCIA process consists of four periods of awakening, growth and formation marked with celebratory rites involving the whole community.

  • Phase 1 – Inquiry
  • Phase 2 – Catechumenate/Continuing Conversion
  • Phase 3 – Purification and Enlightenment
  • Phase 4 – Mystagogia

Often preparation is one year or more for the unbaptized and/or uninitiated; it can be less for mature Christians already baptized and seeking full communion.  However, the process of spiritual renewal and faith formation should not be hasty, especially for those not accustomed to the fasts and feasts, Sundays and season Catholics observe.

Wherever you are in your faith journey, though, we are happy to accompany you as you seek the joy of life in Christ through his one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.

How do I begin RCIA?

Please contact Father Dan Powell at frdan@sjnlancaster.org or by phone at (717) 569-8531 ext. 216 or Deacon Peter Jupin at peterjupin@comcast.net or by phone at (717) 571-4378.


Sacramental Preparation

Sacraments are efficacious signs of grace instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which God’s divine life is dispensed to us through the work of the Holy Spirit (see Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1131)

Sacraments, especially Sacraments of Initiation, require preparation before they are received.

If you are an individual or parent wishing to inquire about preparations for the Sacraments for yourself or your child, please refer to the list below for whom to contact.

Baptism –          

For infants and children under the age of 7

Barb Wagner, bwagner@sjnlancaster.org or (717) 569-8531 ext. 227

For children over the age of 7

Coleen Kibler, ckibler@sjnlancaster.org or (717) 569-8531 ext. 212

For adults in RCIA

Deacon Peter Jupin, peterjupin@comcast.net

Reconciliation – 

For children for the first time

Coleen Kibler, ckibler@sjnlancaster.org or (717) 569-8531 ext. 212

For adults for the first time

Deacon Peter Jupin, peterjupin@comcast.net

Examinations of Conscience:

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD CONFESSION STEPS PDF

Eucharist – 

For children for the first time

Coleen Kibler, ckibler@sjnlancaster.org or (717) 569-8531 ext. 212

For adults in the RCIA

Deacon Peter Jupin, peterjupin@comcast.net

Eucharistic Adoration 

Wednesdays following 9 a.m. Mass to 3:30 p.m.

Confirmation –   

For young people

Coleen Kibler, ckibler@sjnlancaster.org or (717) 569-8531 ext. 212

For adults in the RCIA

Deacon Peter Jupin, peterjupin@comcast.net

Matrimony –

Please contact Barb Wagner, bwagner@sjnlancaster.org or (717) 569-8531 ext. 227

Holy Orders –

Please contact Fr. Dan Powell, frdan@sjnlancaster.org or (717) 569-8531 ext. 216

Anointing of the Sick –

Please contact the Parish Office at (717) 569-8531