CCS 034 Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults Course Outline

The study of RCIA will provide participants with an understanding of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, including a comprehensive examination of the periods, the steps and the celebrations of each rite.

Course Structure and Highlights

Lesson 1: Introduction

Lesson 2: Period of Evangelization and Precatechumenate

Lesson 3: First Step: Acceptance into the Order Of Catechumens

Lesson 4: Period of the Catechumenate

Lesson 5: Second Step: Election or Enrollment of Names

Lesson 6: Period of Purification and Enlightenment

Lesson 7: Third Step: Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation

Lesson 8: Period of PostBaptismal Catechesis or Mystagogy

Lesson 9: Rites for Particular Circumstances

Lesson 10: Appendices


Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, CCCB. Ottawa, Canada.


Catechism of the Catholic Church.
The Holy Bible.


RCIA consists of ten lessons and ten assignments, as well as weekly discussions; with each assignment weighted at 10% (percent) of the total grade. Completion of the entire course is determined by either a pass or fail.

Technical Skills and Equipment Requirements

  • You must have Internet access. A high speed connection, either ADSL or cable, is recommended.
  • You should know how to use a web browser to navigate the web to locate educational resources and download files.
  • You will need the files management skills necessary to create directories, to save files and to retrieve files.