By Maria Covarrubias
Have you ever wondered how an unbaptized adult or child over seven years old becomes Catholic? How people from other faiths are received into full communion with the Catholic Church? Most of our parishes provide the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, commonly called RCIA. The RCIA process is open to unbaptized adults and children over seven years old as well as for baptized people from other denominations who wish to enter the Catholic Church. The RCIA process includes four stages as well as specific rituals that mark those stages within the Christian Initiation, in accord with the restoration of the integral catechumenate decreed by the Second Vatican Council.