RCIA — What is it?

When the Church speaks about welcoming new people as members it says:

The rite of initiation is suited to a spiritual journey of adults that varies according to the many forms of God’s grace, the free cooperation of the individuals, the action of the Church, and the circumstances of time and place. (RCIA 5)

This may need a little unpacking.

The rite of initiation
— is how the Church refers to the process of welcoming new members.

is suited to a spiritual journey
— it is a time of growth for those seeking to know/experience God in their lives

of adults
— of any age or background

that varies
— there is not one blueprint

according to the many forms of God’s grace
— for those who seek Him, God is already at work in their lives. An initial part of the process is to help people recognise this grace, God’s blessings, in their lives.

the free cooperation of the individuals
— people respond in different ways to God’s call

the action of the Church
— to become a Catholic is to be a member of a universal body of believers which is grounded in local parish community

and the circumstances of time and place.
— your life situation is an important factor within the process.