RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

A walk through the RCIA process in our Parish:

What is RCIA?
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 the 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 conversion 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 about a thorough catechesis, significant experience of the parish community, and commitment to the liturgical and moral life of the Catholic faithful. The RCIA process is a restoration of the ancient catechumenate, arising within the first three centuries following the era of the apostles. It was the early Church's way of Christianizing the pagan Roman Empire. The Second Vatican Council called for the restoration and use of this venerable and powerful method of initiation for the worldwide Church.

Who is RCIA for?
1. Persons in need of Baptism.
2. Persons baptized in another Christian tradition who desire to become Catholic.
3. Persons baptized Catholic in need of First Communion and/or Confirmation

How long is the RCIA process?
The time varies, but is rarely shorter than six months or longer than two years. The Church greatly respects the time each person needs for conversion and decision. Discerning is done on a case by case basis.

How do I begin the RCIA process?
Contact our RCIA team via email at office@saintmatthiaschurch.net or call us at 718-821-6447. We offer classes in English & Spanish. There is a fee depending on your particular case, keep in mind this fee is for material used during your preparation process. Fees are $75.00 for 1 year (if you need Communion and/or Confirmation; $125 for 2 years (full initation -all three sacraments [Baptism, Confirmation & Eucharist}). The following documents are needed for registration: Birth Certificate, baptismal certificate (if applicable), communion certificate (if applicable) & the registration fee.

When are the classes held?
Spanish Track is on Sundays at 9:45 AM, English Track is on Sundays at 9AM.

RCIA Team awaits your arrival, we are here to serve our community:
Deacon Oscar Perez (Spanish Track)
Milagros Robles (Spanish Track)
Maritza Chamorro (Spanish Track)
Jacqueline Perez (English Track)
Spiritual Directors: Bishop Neil Tiedemann & Reverend Sebastian T. Andro