Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

bible2_LGRCIA is the process by which people who are interested in learning about the Catholic Faith, can attend sessions that help them learn about God and the Catholic Church. This is a discernment process that helps people understand who Jesus is and what a difference He makes in their lives. If they discern that they should become members of the Catholic Church, this process leads eventually to full initiation into the Catholic Church. Participants are free to make their own decision about whether to enter the Church or not.

RCIA is for adults who:

  • Are interested in learning about God, Jesus Christ, the Catholic Faith, the Catholic Church and knowing what direction they should go
  • Have never been baptized
  • Have been baptized in another Christian faith and are interested in the Catholic Faith
  • Are baptized Catholics who have not yet received the Sacraments of First Communion or Confirmation
  • Are married to a Catholic, attend Mass, and would like to take the next step to become a member of the Catholic Church
  • Are Catholic but want to learn more about their Faith

RCIA is a spiritual formation process, beginning in September, leading to initiation into the Church at the Easter Vigil, and continuing until Pentecost. RCIA sessions are held every Monday evening from 7:00-8:30pm at the church in the parish hall. These weekly sessions are for anyone with interest, no matter your current denomination. Please encourage your family, friends and neighbors, who have interest in Catholicism, to come and investigate. If you are interested in attending or would like more information, contact Martha Drennan at 703-753-6700, x112.


2016-2017 Schedule

01 - Sept 12: Welcome / Existence of God / Intro to Prayer

02 - Sept 19: Divine Revelation

03 - Sept 26: The Blessed Trinity / The Story

04 - Oct 3: Creation, Angels & Demons

05 - Oct 10: Divine Mercy Film
06 - Oct 17: Man, The Fall, and Grace
07 - Oct 24: The Incarnation

08 - Oct 31: The Four Marks of the Church

09 - Nov 7: Church History-1

10 - Nov 14: Church History-2

11 - Nov 21: The Church & Authority

12 - Nov 28: The Four Last Things / Purgatory
Church Tour

13 - Dec 5: Virtues of Faith, Hope and Love

14 - Dec 12: The Blessed Virgin Mary & Saints

15 - Dec 19: Liturgy / Liturgical Prayer
Dec 26 & Jan 2: Christmas Break
16 - Jan 9: Baptism and Confirmation

17 - Jan 16: True Love
18 - Jan 23: Matrimony & Holy Orders

19 - Jan 30: Reconciliation / Anointing of the Sick

20 - Feb 6: The Eucharist

21 - Feb 13: The Mass
22 - Feb 20: The First Three Commandments

Feb 10: Ash Wednesday
23 - Feb 27: 4, 8 Commandments
Mar 1: Ash Wednesday
Mar 5: Rite of Election (Sunday)
24 - Mar 6: 6, 9 Commandments

25 - Mar 13: 5 Commandment

26 - Mar 20: 7, 10 Commandments

27 - Mar 27: The Battle of Prayer
28 - Apr 3:The Mystical Body of Christ
Apr 8 (Saturday): 1st Reconciliation (10am-12pm)

29 - Apr 10: Holy Week & the Triduum
Apr 13: Holy Thursday
Apr 14: Good Friday
Apr 15: Easter Saturday Rehearsal for Vigil / Easter Vigil
Apr 16: Easter Vigil-Sacraments Received
30 - Apr 17: Celebration of the Reception of Sacraments
31 - Apr 24: The Our Father
32 - May 1: Priesthood of the Faithful / Evangelization
33 - May 8: Sacramental Living/ Discipleship
34 - May 15: Vocations (Lay, clergy, religious)
35 - May 22: The Kingdom of God