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Archbishop's Appeal

The Archbishop’s Appeal is the annual fundraising campaign that provides supplemental financial assistance to institutions, programs and ministries affiliated with the Catholic Church throughout the Archdiocese of San Antonio.

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The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and Children’s Catechumenate

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The faithful … by means of these sacraments of Christian initiation … receive in increasing measure the treasures of the divine life and advance toward the perfection of charity. (Catechism of the Catholic Church)

To learn more about the RCIA process, click here.

What a blessing to be called to lead others to Christ through preparation for the sacraments of initiation! As catechists, we know that “the call to the ministry of the catechist is a vocation, an interior call, the voice of the Holy Spirit” (National Directory for Catechesis). To adequately prepare to serve adults and children in the process of RCIA, the Archdiocese of San Antonio provides a variety of trainings and formation opportunities.

RCIA Training and Study Days

The Archdiocese offers training and study days for Parish RCIA Leaders and RCIA Formation Teams. For Basic Training for novices, see our Webinars and Handouts page.

Each December and June, the Archdiocese offers additional RCIA training to help keep formation teams updated with the norms and practices of the rite. For more information, please see our Calendar of Events.

For any and all information concerning the Rite of Election, which takes place during the first or second weekend of Lent, please click here.

Children’s Catechumenate

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults Adapted for Children (also called the Children’s Catechumenate) is the process for children & adolescents over the age of 7 and under 18 who have not yet been baptized or who have not received First Eucharist or Confirmation with their peers.

Parents are to be involved in the Christian Initiation of their children, whose permission is required to participate and to receive any of the sacraments.

See our Webinars and Handouts page.