Since 1988 the Adult Christian Initiation has been mandated as the ordinary way adults are brought into full communion with the Catholic faith, whether from another Christian denomination or through baptism. The Adult Christian Initiation is designed to be a progressive journey of faith and a recurrent experience of conversion not only for the inquirer but also for the whole Catholic community.
The formation of new members is a communal responsibility. It encompasses each phase of parish life: witnessing, praying together, studying Scripture, sharing liturgy and fellowship. Although the primary aim of the Adult Christian Initiation is the formation of new Catholics, a parish in which the Adult Christian Initiation flourishes experiences additional benefits. In its gradual unfolding, the Adult Christian Initiation process calls to mind the challenge and responsibility of every Catholic. It gives parishioners a deeper sense of what conversion means and emphasizes the Church's identity as a community of faith and the people of God.
Catholics within St. Andrew's parish community can become involved in the Adult Christian Initiation by being sponsors, working on the Adult Christian Initiation team, sharing personal faith stories, and actively searching for those who have no faith community or identity.