The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a faith journey designed for adults who, after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. By God’s help they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and at the proper time will receive the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion, fruitfully. A Candidate is someone who has been validly baptized in another faith. A Catechumen is someone who has never been baptized. The faith journey is divided into four periods: Precatechumenate is a time for inquiry and introduction to Gospel values. The Rite of Acceptance follows this period. The Catechumenate is a time for the nurturing and growth in faith and conversion to God. The Rite of Election or Enrollment of Names follows this period. The Period of Purification and Enlightenment is the time during Lent of reflection, intensely centered on conversion, marked by celebration of the Scrutinies and of the preparation rites on Holy Saturday. All who have completed this time of preparation and have found themselves ready are brought into the Catholic faith at Easter Vigil. The last stage - Mystagogy is the time following Easter during which the newly initiated experience being it means to be fully a part of the Catholic community.