2800 E Ramon Rd Palm Springs, CA

St. Theresa Church

If would would like additional information please contact Yolanda Lopez at ylopez@sbdiocese.org or at 760-323-4351 

All are Welcome!

Adults or older children who have not been baptized and desire to join the Church are invited into  the ancient celebration of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). During this process, which is marked by Ritual Acts (Rites), participants are introduced to the Sacred Liturgy, Teachings and Traditions, and the Life of the Catholic Church.   

The RCIA is a process of study, exploration, faith-sharing and faith formation with specific Liturgical Rites for seekers and inquirers.  Seekers and inquirers are non-baptized adults who desire to be fully initiated into the Roman Catholic Church and or baptized adult Christians who desire full communion into the Roman Catholic Church.  

Adults or older children who have been baptized in another Christian denomination prepare in a similar way for the Sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Eucharist during their reception into the Roman Catholic Church.  


What are the steps of RCIA?

Prior to beginning the RCIA process, an individual comes to some knowledge of Jesus Christ, considers his or her relationship with Jesus Christ and is usually attracted in some way to the Catholic Church. This period is known as the Period of Evangelization and Precatechumenate. For some, this process involves a long period of searching; for others, a shorter time. Often, contact with people of faith and a personal faith experience lead people to inquire about the Catholic Church. After a conversation with a priest, or RCIA director, the person, known as an "inquirer," may seek acceptance into the Order of Catechumens, through the Rite of Acceptance. During this Rite, the inquirer stands amidst the parish community and states that he or she wants to become a baptized member of the Catholic Church. The parish assembly affirms this desire and the inquirer becomes a Catechumen. Type your paragraph here.

The Period of the Catechumenate can last for as long as several years or for a shorter time. It depends on how the person is growing in faith, what questions they encounter along the way, and how God leads them on this journey. During this time, the Catechumens consider what God is saying to them in the Scriptures, what changes in their life they need to make to respond to God's inspiration, and what Baptism in the Catholic Church means. When a Catechumen and the priest and the parish team working with him or her believes the person is ready to make a faith commitment to Jesus in the Catholic Church, the next step is the request for baptism and the celebration of the Rite of Election. Even before the Catechumens are baptized, they have a special relationship to the Church.