RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation

The Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) is a broad ranging program of religious instruction and faith formation for non-Catholics who wish to learn about the Catholic Church or are interested in joining the Church, and baptized Catholics who wish to receive full sacramental membership in the Church through confirmation and holy communion.

Both adults and children can enter the program and classes are directed by Father James A. Fanrak of Mary Mother of God Parish on a case by case basis–which provides the greatest flexibility to nurture the needs of each individual’s unique situation. Some in the program are not Catholic, but have a loved one who is and wishes to learn more about the Catholic Church. Others have been baptized Catholic, but never received confirmation or holy communion. And yet others may be returning Catholics who left the Church or who have not practice the faith for a significant period of time, and wish to become reacquainted with their faith through private instruction.

RCIA provides a forum for spiritual formation and growth and a way for participants to pursue the Catholic tradition by way of scripture, teaching, prayer, liturgy and mission. RCIA is a process of Christian initiation that is conducted in a friendly atmosphere to help men and women learn more about the Catholic Church. It takes place in the context of church community and culminates in the reception of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.

To learn more about RCIA, please contact Fr. James A. Fanrak at (870) 743-9889 or the church office.

Other Resources:
Diocese of Little Rock: RCIA Q&A
US Conference of Catholic Bishops: RCIA