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Adult Baptism ( RCIA)

Adult Baptism ( RCIA)


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Normal Baptism Course

If you are an adult who has not been baptized a Christian, but are thinking about becoming a Catholic, then the first step is to go to the local church and ask how they go about receiving people into the Church. Most churches are delighted to welcome new people into their church.

You will probably be asked to participate in instructions or a basic catechism course (RCIA). Sometimes the priest does this himself or assigns you to a catechist you are comfortable with; some churches have a program  to prepare people for baptism. These instructions covers basic catechism teachings of the catholic church.(about 3-9 months).

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process developed by the Catholic Church for prospective converts to Catholicism who are above the age of infant baptism. Candidates are gradually introduced to aspects of Catholic beliefs and practices. The basic process applies to adults and older children, with younger children initiated through an adapted version sometimes incorrectly referred to as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC).

The Rite of Christian initiation (RCIA) is nomative in St. Joseph's Cathedral parish Miri for

1. Preparing Unbaptised Adults For Sarament of Initiation (i.e Baptism, confirmation & Eucharist)
2. Preparing uncatechized Adult For Sacrament Of Confirmation And Eucharist
3. Preparing For the Reception Of Adult Baptized Christians Into The full Communion Of the Catholic Church.

The Rite of Christ initiation of Adult (RCIA) is designed for unbaptized adults who, after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy spirit opens their hearts. By God's help they will strengthened spiritually during their preparaion at the proper time will receive the sacrament fruitfully. (RCIA, NO 1).

( Note: Preparation for Teenagers' Confirmation Is Not In the Scope of RCIA)

Committing your life to God

Baptism is the sacrament in which we commit ourselves to God. We proclaim our faith in God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit and we promise to avoid evil and to do good.

The baptism ceremony for adults is similar to baptism of children except that you make the baptismal promises yourself. Instead of Godparents adults have sponsors whose role is to encourage you in the catholic faith.
Traditionally adult baptisms take place during the ceremony of the Easter Vigil or Christmas. In some parishes, therefore, you might be asked to wait for Easter or Christmas for Baptism. The priest or catechist will usually schedule the course to start and end thereon.

Baptism for the dying or near death

Notwithstanding  for the above, a person at death bed and expresses his or her wishes to accept Christ as his or her Savior  and wishes to be baptized, the priest may then perform the Baptism rites together with the last rites; foregoing the above normal course.

Joining the Community

When you ask for Baptism you are asking to become a member of the Catholic Church. You will be expected to take part in the life of that community on a regular basis.



Compiled by Ben Chang



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