Glorifying the Lord With Our Lives

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

RCIA is an on-going process offered for unbaptized adults that introduces them to the liturgical life and teachings of the Catholic Church. Many individuals decide during this time to prepare themselves to receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Communion; however, it is not a requirement of the process.

RCIA uses two main components. Individuals meet on Thursday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the School Library to learn about the Catholic faith through open discussion. Then on Sunday mornings during the 8:30 a.m. Mass--following the Liturgy of the Word--these adults are "Dismissed" to allow for faith sharing while breaking open the Word of God.

The RCIA process is also open to baptized Christian adults seeking to better understand the Catholic faith and possibly gain full communion with the Catholic Church.

Thursday sessions: March 16, 23, 30; April 6

Sunday, March 19, 8:30 a.m. Mass: 1st Scrutiny
Sunday, March 26, 12:30 p.m. Mass: 2nd Scrutiny
Saturday, April 1, 5:00 p.m. Mass: 3rd Scrutiny

Holy Week:
Holy Thursday Mass & Washing of Feet, April 13, 7:00 p.m.
Good Friday Bi-Lingual Service, April 14, 7:00 p.m.
Holy Saturday, April 15:
Morning Prayer & Vigil Rehearsal, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Easter Vigil, 8:30 p.m. (Elect & Godparents arrive by 8:00 p.m.)

Mystagogy Sessions:
Thursdays, 7:00 p.m.: April 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25; June 1


Questions? Please contact Gina DePalma at or 733.1380 x4222.

Church of the Assumption Contact Information

2116 Cornwall Ave
Bellingham, WA 98225

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Summer Hours
Phone: (360) 733-1380
Fax:  (360) 647-4372