How to Become Catholic:   The RCIA

“The essence of Christianity is not an idea, not a system of thought, not a plan of action. The essence of Christianity is a Person: Jesus Christ Himself.”

~ Pope Benedict XVI

The Rite of Christian Initiation is the process whereby adults interested in joining the Catholic Church or completing the sacraments of initiations gradually enter into an understanding of Christ and His Church in preparation for Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Through a series of weekly formation sessions, inquirers are given the opportunity to learn more about the Catholic faith as they deepen their relationship with God. Team members assist in all areas of facilitating that faith journey for the participants. Sponsors have the wonderful opportunity to share in the faith journey of their candidate, as a fellow companion who will grow in his/her own faith too!
We also offer a concurrent program for children between ages 7-16 who have never been baptized or were baptized in another Christian denomination.
RCIA formation sessions are held on Sunday mornings, 8:00am Mass + 9:00-10:00am Formation time and are open to all who interesting in pursuing the thought of becoming a member of the Catholic Church and wish to inquire with specific questions before making any commitments. There is an additional educational component to RCIA formation which will be tailored to each individual’s history, wishes and schedule.

Who is the RCIA ideal for?

  • Anyone age seven and older who is not yet baptized
  • Anyone baptized Christian who wishes to become Catholic
  • Anyone baptized Catholic who may have missed Confirmation
  • Anyone who wishes to learn more about the Catholic faith

If you or somebody you know would like to hear more about the RCIA, please contact Michael Schwark at ext. 254 or complete the inquiry form (link is in the menu on the left side of this page).