Maria Petrotta, Director of Faith Formation, R.C.I.A. Coordinator.
(904) 641-5838, Ext. 254.

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A) is an adult program that educates people interested in becoming Catholic and a great way for Catholics to learn more about their faith at an adult level.

If you been thinking about or have questions about becoming a Catholic? Do you want to know more about your faith? Would you like to invite a friend or relative to consider becoming a Catholic?

RCIA is for any adult who is not baptized, any adult who was baptized in another Christian faith tradition, or any baptized Catholic who has not received their First Communion and/or First Penance. RCIA prepares these adults for full communion into the Catholic Church.

You are invited to find out what R.C.I.A. means and how one becomes a member of the Catholic Church. To register click the link below and we will contact you. Welcome!

Registration Form

If you have questions please contact me at : mpetrotta@holyfamilyjax.com

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

“There is One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism.” – Ephesians 4:5

The RCIA is for:

  • Unbaptized…persons at the age of reason (aged 7 and older) for whom the RCIA gradually uncovers the story of God’s saving power for all; the mystery of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection; and the workings of the Holy Spirit as revealed in the sacramental life, beliefs and spiritual practices of the Catholic Church. Within the setting of the parish community and in accordance with the Church’s liturgical year, “this process of formation includes four stages as well as rituals that mark these stages.” (National Directory for Catechesis, 35) These persons are called catechumens.
  • Baptized in Another Christian Tradition… those persons at the age of reason and older catechized (instructed) and uncatechized (not instructed) in another faith tradition other than Catholic who are seeking full communion with the Roman Catholic Church (Confirmation and Eucharist). These persons are called candidates.
  • Baptized but uncatechized Catholic Adults…persons who were baptized as infants in the Catholic Church, but who never received any instruction or formation in the Catholic faith. These adults will be prepared to celebrate the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and Eucharist.
  • Adult Catholics who were baptized and received their First Eucharist in the Roman Catholic Church and are interested in completing their initiation by receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation should contact their parish about the two annual Adult Confirmation ceremonies celebrated in the Diocese of St. Augustine. These Catholics are not part of the RCIA process.