The process for welcoming and initiating adults into the Catholic Church is known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). This is a parish-based process which assists an unbaptised person become a full member of the Catholic community. Rather than being a “one size fits all” program, it is a process that can be adapted to the faith journey of each individual.
It consists of a number of stages in which the enquirer's relationship with God develops and they become familiar with the prayer life of the Church, supported by members of the parish community; and steps which celebrate the transition between these stages.
It culminates in the welcoming into the Church through the celebration of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
Children who are over the age of 7 – 8 years and who have not been baptised are welcomed into the Church by the same parish-based process adapted to their age and faith development.
A person already baptised in another Christian church who wishes to become a Catholic is welcomed into the Catholic community in a similar way.