Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults




What is RCIA?

In the Diocese of Buffalo, the Sacrament of Confirmation is usually celebrated in the high school years as completion of the Sacraments of Initiation.  Celebration of this sacrament invites the unique charisms of the Holy Spirit to be fully embraced by the candidate.

Ideally, preparation for this sacrament follows at least two years of high school religious education either in the parish program or Catholic high school.

Some adults who have been baptized may also feel drawn to complete their initiation into the Catholic faith through the Sacrament of Confirmation.  This process gives personal attention to the specific needs of the adult candidate so that they can enter fully into the preparation process. Please contact Sr. Jolene at the Rectory for more details.


Procedure at St. John's

For the 2019-2020 year, the first meeting will take place in the Reina Community Room on September 16th at 7 pm. The gatherings begin in the early fall, with the schedule determined by the availability of the group. Besides basic Catholic teaching, the candidates and catechumens learn about church history, the Bible, the church year, etc. On designated Sundays, the group is dismissed after the homily, to a place where they discuss the scriptures of the day and apply them to their lives.

Reception of the sacraments usually takes place at the Easter Vigil, if the team and the candidates determine they are ready for this final step.

Questions? Considering RCIA? Just give Sister Jolene a call at 716-873-1122.