Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process of spiritual and intellectual preparation through which adults, who are either new to Catholicism (baptized and unbaptized), or those who were baptized Catholic that have yet to receive Confirmation and first Holy Communion, are received into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. 

Following an internal prompting, adults, who desire to understand and learn about the person of Jesus Christ and the Church which He Himself established, are guided along this ancient path which connects this internal movement to the tangible external realities of that initial desire – that is, an authentic encounter with Christ in the Eucharist.

Though the hope is always present within us, there is never an obligation to enter The Church at the conclusion of this process, or even to complete the process in its entirety. This inquiry process is intended to help you understand by the faculty of human reason and spiritual discernment what God is calling on you to become, and to live out that calling.  Through historical, scriptural, and spiritual reading, group instruction, one-to-one meetings and personal spiritual direction, this path we call RCIA will help you to know and respond to that silent voice which is beckoning you to the life which you were created to live – a life deeply connected to God, a life of holiness and communion.  

Take the first step by speaking to our parish priest, Father Joseph Previtali.  You can reach him by calling our rectory main office at (650) 726-4674.  He looks forward to hearing from you!


Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, neither had the word of the Lord been revealed to him. Then the Lord called Samuel again the third time. He arose up and went to Eli and said, “here am I, for I heard you call to me,” but Eli understood that the Lord had been calling the child, so he said to Samuel, “go and sleep, and if he calls again, you will say, “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.” So Samuel went to sleep in his place, and the Lord came and stood there, calling again as before,”Samuel, Samuel!”  Then Samuel said, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”

1 Samuel 3:7-10


Then the Lord said to him, “Go out and stand on the mountain before me and I will pass by.”  Then, there was a strong and violent wind, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind, an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake, fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. After the fire, a light silent sound. When Elijah heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave, and behold a voice said to him, “Why are you here, Elijah?” 

1 Kings 11-13


Come now, let us set things right, says the Lord, “Though your sins be like scarlet, they shall become white as snow. Though they be red like crimson, they shall become white as wool.

Isaiah 1:18


“Come to me, all you who labour and are burdened, and I will refresh you. Take up my yoke upon you, and learn of me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul. For indeed, my yoke is easy and my burden light.”

Matthew 11:28-30