Interested in Becoming Catholic?
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
God invites his people to a new way of living, to a change of heart. The formal faith journey that leads to full communion into the Catholic Church is called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). RCIA is a process of conversion. It is designed to be a journey of faith, to help one discern whether entering the Catholic Church is what is best for them. This journey of faith leads the inquirer towards a lifelong commitment as a disciple of Christ. This is accomplished through regular meetings with other inquirers to learn, pray and begin to experience what life in this community is all about. In addition to these weekly meetings, rites will take place to punctuate the stages of the person's faith walk. This journey of faith leads the inquirer toward a lifelong commitment as a disciple of Christ, and if he/she so chooses, becomes a member of the Catholic Church.
Feel free to contact Bil Danner
for more information.
How long does it take?
The RCIA is not a class or program. It is a process of conversion. It prepares one to embark on a journey of faith that leads to a lifelong commitment as a Catholic. This is not just for those who participate in the RCIA. All Catholics are called to daily conversion and renewal - to be on this faith journey.
The usual length of preparation is approximately one year. Some people may feel they need more time to prepare. In most cases, the initiation of new members is celebrated at the Easter Vigil.
What takes place in the RCIA?
The RCIA involves 4 stages, each marked by a special ritual celebrating the person's deepening desire to say "yes" to living the Catholic faith.
The Inquiry - a time for searching for God, for meaning in life, or for asking initial questions and seeking answers about the Catholic faith.
The Catechumenate - a time of being formed by the gospel and of leaning more in depth about the Catholic tradition.
Purification & Enlightenment - a time during Lent of prayer and deeper reflection as one prepares to receive God's new life at the Easter celebration.
Mystagogia - a time after the Easter celebration to unfold the mysteries and deepen one's understanding of what it means to "become" Eucharist and live Christ's mission in our world
RCIA meets weekly on Sunday mornings and also on occasional Wednesdays. (See schedule below)
For more information, contact
Bil Danner, DRE/Pastoral Associate
Parish Center Basement (unless noted otherwise)
All are welcome -no reg.
Wednesday October 23, 6:30pm
Sunday November 3, 9:15am
Wednesday November 6, 6:30pm
Sunday November 17, 9:15am
Wednesday November 20, 6:30pm
Sunday December 1, 9:30am
Mary and the Saints
Sunday December 8, 9:30am
Models of the Church
Sunday January 12, 9:30am
Wednesday January 15, 6:30pm
Sunday January 26, 9:30am
Wednesday January 29, 6:30pm
Sunday February 9, 9:30am
Sunday February 16, 9:30am
Sunday February 23- 9:30am
Sunday March 1, 2:00pm
Rite of Election at the Cathedral
Sunday March 8, 9:30am
Prepare for First Scrutiny
Wednesday March 11, 6:30pm
Sunday March 15, 9:30am
start in church
Prepare for Second Scrutiny
Sunday March 22, 9:30am
start in church
Scrutiny 2, Prepare for Third Scrutiny
Sunday March 29, 9:30am
Wednesday April 1, 6:30pm
Sunday April 5- Palm Sunday, 9:30am
Walk Through Holy Week
Saturday April 11- Holy Saturday
11 AM Vigil Walk-through,
8 PM Easter Vigil
Sunday April 12- Easter Sunday
Sunday April 19 9:30am
Dominica in Alba, Divine Mercy, Mystagogy
Sunday April 26, 9:15am