RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)

What is it?

The R.C.I.A. at Christ the Good Shepherd Parish is the process by which adults seeking Baptism and full initiation (Confirmation and Eucharist) enter into the Catholic Church. There are four stages to the process, and these are separated by three different rites.

An Overview of the RCIA


No fixed duration — time for questions and introduction to the Gospel; the beginnings of faith.

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Rite of Acceptance


Period of approximately one year; time of nurturing and growth of faith, centering on the guidance and strength that comes from the Word of God as well as familiarity with the prayer and support of the community.

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Rite of Election


A period that coincides with the season of Lent; a time of prayer, reflection, and conversion; a call for those entering the Church to purify themselves before celebrating the sacred mysteries.

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Rite of Initiation


The period for Easter to Pentecost; a time of continued learning about the faith and connection to the Church through service.

The R.C.I.A. process at Good Shepherd is a “school-year” model with the Inquiry period beginning in September. During the course of nine to ten months, inquirers will work with the R.C.I.A Team and a sponsor from the parish to prepare for Baptism and full initiation into the Church. Those wishing to join the process after September are still welcome to join the group.

How do I join?

If you would like to become a member of the Catholic faith or have questions about joining the Church, then R.C.I.A. is for you! Please call the Parish Office at 313-928-1324.


The R.C.I.A. Team is always looking for sponsors to walk with the men and women in R.C.I.A. on their faith journeys. You need not be a theologian in the Catholic faith to be a sponsor! You only need be willing to share your faith with one of the newest members of our parish community. If you are interested in being an R.C.I.A. sponsor, please call the Parish Office.