What is OCIA?
The Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (OCIA) is a process through which adults who are interested in becoming Catholic are gradually introduced to the Catholic faith and way of life. It is designed for those who have never been baptized, as well as for those who were baptized in another Christian tradition and are interested in becoming Catholic.
The OCIA process typically involves a series of classes or meetings where participants learn about the teachings and practices of the Catholic Church. There may also be times of prayer, reflection, and discussion, as well as opportunities to participate in various aspects of Catholic worship and community life.
The OCIA process culminates in the reception of the sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist (Communion). These sacraments are usually received at the Easter Vigil, which is the night before Easter Sunday.
The OCIA process is an important part of the Catholic Church's commitment to welcoming and supporting those who are interested in exploring the Catholic faith and joining the Catholic community. It is a time of learning, growth, and spiritual development, and it can be a transformative experience for those who participate.