St. Apollinaris Catholic Church • 3700 Lassen Street • Napa, CA 94558 • (707)257-2555



The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process and a journey, which seeks to lead adults into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ within the Catholic Church. People who might choose to make this journey include those who may be unbaptized, those baptized in other faith traditions, and baptized Catholics who wish to receive additional sacraments. We welcome those interested in becoming members of the Catholic Church, as well as those Catholics who have been away from the practice of their faith and are considering a return to active participation.
The RCIA is modeled after the Catechumenate of the early Church when adults who sought entry into the Church went through various periods of growth and formation. Our Catechumens and candidates meet Monday evenings for prayer, faith sharing and study of Catholic beliefs. A person may continue to participate in these sessions as long as he or she desires. Through Sacred Rites, which are held at specific times of the year, the Inquirer is introduced into the life of the Catholic Faith & Liturgy, and when ready, receives the Sacraments of Initiation (usually at the Easter Vigil).  


If you are an adult and are interested in registering for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), please click here:

If you are an adult and are interested in registering for Adult Confirmation, please click here:

If you are interested in learning more about this process, please contact Valentina DeLuna in the Parish Office at 707-257-2555.

RCIA and Baptism

For adults today, the Church, after the Second Vatican Council, has restored the order of the Catechumenate in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).  It outlines the steps for the formation of catechumens, bringing their conversion to the faith to a greater maturity. It helps them respond more deeply to God's gracious initiative in their lives and prepares them for union with the Church community.  This process is meant to form them into the fullness of the Christian life and to become disciples of Jesus, their teacher.


I. Symbolon - Knowing the Faith
Too often we try to live a faith we don't know or understand. Some of us stumble along with it, going through the motions. Others simply walk away. That's why the time is right for Symbolon: Knowing the Faith. Presented by the most trusted and compelling teachers and filmed around the world with stunning cinematography, Symbolon: Knowing the Faith explains the essentials of the Catholic Faith in a way that will inform our minds and inspire our hearts. Presented in ten sessions that are ideal for parish catechism, family instruction, and personal devotion.

II. Symbolon - Living the Faith
Knowing the Catholic Faith is one thing, but what about living it? Symbolon answers that question by exploring how Jesus gave us the Sacraments, Knowing the Catholic Faith is one thing, but what about living it? Symbolon: Living the Faith answers that question by exploring how Jesus gave us the Sacraments, the Mass, and the rich treasures of Church teaching to enliven our faith and bring vibrancy to our Catholic lives. With experienced and insightful teaching from top presenters, complemented by beautiful cinematography from around the world, Symbolon: Living the Faith touches on all aspects of our lives for authentic spiritual growth and development.

Catholicism -  Journey around the world and deep into the Faith.
For the first time, in breathtaking, high-definition cinematography, the beauty, goodness, and truth of the Catholic Faith are illustrated in a rich, multimedia experience. Journey with acclaimed author, speaker and theologian Bishop Robert Barron to more than fifty locations throughout fifteen countries. Be illuminated by the spiritual and artistic treasures of this global culture that claims more than one billion of the earth’s people.

From the sacred lands of Israel to the beating heart of Uganda ... from the glorious shrines of Italy, France, and Spain, to the streets of Mexico, Kolkata, and New York City, the fullness of Catholicism is revealed. Journey deep into the Faith as you watch each episode. Ten episodes. Ten hours.