What is the Rite of Christian Reception?
The Rite of Christian Reception is an experience of personal formation, spiritual growth and conversion for Christian adults who are interested in joining the Catholic Church. The Rite of Reception is an adaptation of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and is designed for adults and young adults who have been baptized, raised and practicing in another Christian tradition. It is a shorter period of discernment and preparation which concentrates on the distinctive characteristics, rituals and teachings of the Catholic Church.
Individuals participating in the Rite of Christian Reception meet weekly, generally for a period of about eight weeks. The Rite of Reception is available several times during the calendar year and usually concludes with the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) followed by a profession of faith, reception of Eucharist and Confirmation during a Sunday Mass in the local parish.
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Participants in the Rite of Reception are assigned a guide, a member of the Catholic faith community who will accompany them on their journey through the reception process.
Who Participates in the RCRA?
The Rite of Christian Reception of Adults is designed for adults who have been baptized in another mainline Christian denomination, have been fully catechized in that tradition, and have been practicing regularly in that Christian tradition. The Rite of Christian Reception presumes that candidates have experienced a conversion into the Christian faith, and are comfortable participating in a Christian faith community.
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How is RCRA organized?
The RCRA consists of eight catechetical sessions designed to help candidates understand what is distinctive and special about the Catholic Christian tradition.
The catechetical sessions are designed to address the particular needs, questions and concerns of each participant. There is an opportunity for questions and discussion, often in small groups or one-on-one.
The process will always respect the privacy and personal comfort level of each participant. Issues and concerns which cannot be discussed in the general session can be addressed in private with a sponsor or a member of the parish staff.
At the same time, candidates in the Rite of Christian Reception of Adults should be participating as much as they are comfortable in the spiritual and social life the parish faith community, with the assistance of a Parish Sponsor or Family Companion.
What is the Role of Sponsors?
Sponsors and companions play an important role in the process by which an individual joins the Catholic faith community. Sponsors and companions remind us that we are participating in a process of conversion, which involves a personal experience of being welcomed into a faith community of human persons. Sponsors represent the faith community; they insure that no individual walks the journey of conversion on their own.
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About Marriage and the RCRA
If you have been divorced and remarried, your marital status may affect your freedom to join the Catholic Church.
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More Information About the RCRA
• Current RCRA Schedule
• RCRA Scope and Sequence
• Role of Discernment in the RCRA Process
• Information about the Presenters in the RCRA
• What you should expect if you participate in the RCRA
• Information about the Rite of Christian Initiation
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Find out more about the RCRA
For information about the Rite of Christian Reception of Adults
contact the Director of Faith Formation in one of the Catholic
Parishes in Waterloo:
Blessed Sacrament Community. 319-233-6179
Queen of Peace Parish. 319-266-3655
Sacred Heart Parish. 319-234-8394
St. Edward Parish. 319-233-8060
Director of Adult Faith Formation
320 Mulberry St., Waterloo IA 50703 • Phone: 319-234-9912