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“I have called you by name: you are Mine”…Isaiah 43:1


Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

RCIA - Cross on a HillLife is filled with invitations! Sometimes these can lead us to totally unexpected experiences. So, we offer you an invitation that can lead you to a life of peace, faith and hope.

If you have never been baptized and find yourself attracted to the Catholic faith, we extend to you an invitation to explore the possibilities of becoming a member of the Roman Catholic Church. If you have been baptized in another Christian faith tradition, we offer the invitation to join in full communion with the Catholic Church. Or, perhaps you have already been baptized in the Catholic faith but have never received the sacraments of Eucharist or Confirmation. Your invitation is to complete your sacraments of initiation. All of these invitations are to a new way of life, a way that draws one closer to God and to his people.

If you feel this invitation may be intended for you (or you know of another), ask us about how to go about responding to the invitation. Our Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which one can answer God’s invitation.

Call Our Lady of Grace Parish Office, (510) 537-0806, or email Marie Exberger at for more information.


Catechism of the Catholic Church
The Catholic Bible & Daily Readings
OLG RCIA Information Guide
RCIA Applicant Inquiry Form