Most Catholics become members of the Church with their baptism as infants. They continue their faith journey through education, prayer, formation and the reception of the other sacrament of initiation--Eucharist and Confirmation, as well as the sacrament of reconciliation--when they are older.
Adults and children older than 7 who have not been baptized typically participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). After prayer, study and spiritual direction, they receive the sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday night.
Deacon Frank Crivello