The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the order for initiation into the Catholic Church.
For the unbaptized, the RCIA gradually uncovers the story of God’s salvation for all: the mystery of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection and the workings of the Holy Spirit as revealed in the beliefs, sacramental life and spiritual practices of the Catholic Church. In accordance with the Church’s liturgical year, this process of formation includes four stages.
For Baptized Christians who seek full communion with the Catholic Church, the RCIA includes rites and pastoral practice.
For Baptized Catholics who have received no other faith formation and have not received the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist, the RCIA mentions pastoral practices to become a fully initiated Catholic.