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“The rite of Christian initiation presented here is 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 fruitfully.” (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults # 1, Introduction)

In other words, RCIA is for anyone interested in entering into Full Communion with the Catholic Church, which includes receiving all of the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist. These are called the Sacraments of Initiation because they fully initiate one into the Catholic - Christian Faith, making them a full member of the Body of Christ, and open to all of the graces the Holy Spirit wishes to give them. Put in another way,

“The sacraments of Christian initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist – lay the foundations of every Christian life. “The sharing in the divine nature given to men through the grace of Christ bears a certain likeness to the origin, development, and nourishing of natural life. The faithful are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life. By means of these sacraments of Christian initiation, they thus receive in increasing measure the treasures of the divine life and advance toward the perfection of charity.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church # 1212)

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