Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (Ministry)



The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the formational process through which people are brought to baptism and full communion in our Church. Journey with those preparing for the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.

Volunteer opportunities:


Be a companion and friend to someone who is preparing for Baptism or to enter the full communion of the Catholic Church.  No experience is required – the Holy Spirit will guide you and direct your efforts to be a welcoming presence to someone seeking to be a member of our Church.

And don’t be surprised if God has a plan in mind for calling you to a deeper conversion and commitment to the Church through this whole process.


An RCIA dismissal occurs at the end of the Liturgy of the Word and homily at certain mass times. Catechumens go out to “Break Open the Word” and reflect more deeply on the Gospel. The Facilitator acts as a welcoming presence during this prayerful time.


Two volunteers prepare coffee, tea and water for RCIA meetings and set out snacks provided by the RCIA members. There are also occasional potluck suppers that require volunteer assistance. Volunteers are invited to attend the group meeting held that evening.


“The Lord Jesus invites men and women, in a special way, to follow him, teacher and formator of disciples.” From the very beginning of Christianity and wherever there has been missionary activity, catechists have made, and continue to make, “an outstanding and indispensable contribution to the spread of the faith and of the Church”(Vatican City, 1993)

For information on completing the Sacraments of Initiation through St. Patrick’s parish, please contact rcia@stpatrickcalgary.com and/or visit the RCIA page under the Sacraments link.