What is RCIA?

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops describes the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults as a process in which participants "undergo…conversion as they study the Gospel, profess faith in Jesus and the Catholic Church, and receive the sacraments…The RCIA process follows the ancient practice of the Church and was restored by the Second Vatican Council as the normal way adults prepare for baptism."

All are Welcome
RCIA is a process of adult study, exploration, faith-sharing, and faith formation for:

Those who are not Catholic and want to learn about the Catholic faith

Those who are not Catholic and interested in joining the Catholic Church

Catholics who have not received the sacrament of Confirmation

Catholics who want to learn more about their Catholic Faith

Join us for RCIA classes and discover how to live the teachings of the Catholic Church [the “pillar and foundation of truth” (1 Tim 3:15), develop a life of prayer, and become an active member of our parish community. 

Contact: rcia@smmcc.org or 864-288-4884

Class Structure
Classes occur Thursday evenings from 6:30pm to 8:00pm in the Parish Center (across the sidewalk from the Church) starting the first Thursday in September and continuing up to Easter of the next year.

Classes contain a mixture of lecture, video from Fr Robert Barron’s Catholicism series and the Symbolon series, small group discussions.

Class Schedule
2016-17 class schedule - includes additional key dates for those receiving the sacraments at the Easter Vigil (Rites, Scrutinies and other Sunday meetings)

Class Books (provided by St Mary Magdalene):
Peter Kreeft. Catholic Christianity. Ignatius Press. 2001.
Scott and Kimberly Hahn. Rome Sweet Home.  Ignatius Press. 1993.
Reference: Catechism of  the Catholic Church

Each person receiving Sacraments will have a Sponsor to join with them for the journey to the Easter Vigil.

A Sponsor must be a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church. The Candidates and Catechumens/Elect may select their own sponsor or the RCIA class Leaders will identify a Sponsor for the person. While it is encouraged for Sponsors to attend classes along with the Candidate/Catechumen/Elect, it is not required.

The Sponsor is needed for the Rites listed above, the three Scrutinies that take place on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Sundays of Lent, and at the Easter Vigil.  

Temporary substitute Sponsors will be provided if the Sponsor is from out of town and can only make the Easter Vigil, or if a conflict arises for one of the Rites or Scrutinies. 


The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, or RCIA, is a communal process for formal initiation of new members into the Catholic Church. This process is a return to the formation of the earliest members of the Church in the first and second centuries.


RCIA is a Journey


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