Is a faith formation journey designed to help adults who attend to understand what Catholics believe, why we do the things we do, and what makes the Church founded by Jesus still significant in today’s world. This program is designed for those who are just looking, interested in joining and/or want to grow in their understanding of the Catholic Faith.
You may have been wondering…how do I become a Catholic?
Becoming Catholic is one of life’s most profound and joyous experiences. “RCIA” is the joyful process and the journey by which one becomes Catholic! Some are blessed enough to receive this great gift while they are infants, and, over time, they recognize the enormous grace that has been bestowed on them. Others enter the Catholic fold when they are older children or adults.
A person is brought into full communion with the Catholic Church through reception of the three sacraments of Christian initiation— baptism, confirmation, and the holy Eucharist —but the process by which one becomes a Catholic can take different forms.
A person who is baptized in the Catholic Church becomes a Catholic at that moment. One’s initiation is deepened by confirmation and the Eucharist, but one becomes a Catholic at baptism. This is true for children who are baptized Catholic (and receive the other two sacraments later) and for adults who are baptized, confirmed, and receive the Eucharist at the same time.
Those who have been validly baptized outside the Church become Catholics by making a profession of the Catholic faith and being formally received into the Church. This is normally followed immediately by confirmation and the Eucharist.
Before a person is ready to be received into the Church, whether by baptism or by profession of faith, preparation is necessary. The amount and form of this preparation depends on the individual’s circumstance. The most basic division in the kind of preparation needed is between those who are unbaptized and those who have already become Christian through baptism in another church.
For adults and children who have reached the age of reason (age seven), entrance into the Church is directed by the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults RCIA; for families with children under the age of 7, the process is called Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC). While the name may change, the destination of the journey is still the same – Jesus – and a full, complete, active, ongoing, joy-filled membership in His Church.
To join us in learning more – just fill out the RCIA form attached, along with your $150.00 preparation fee, and drop it in the collection basket on Sunday or bring it to the Parish Office. Oh, and don’t forget to tell a friend!
Thank you for your interest in the Catholic Church!
If you have any questions, please contact by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 815 838-2592, ext. 113
Is similar to RCIA but geared for children. The approach is more “hands on” and active to engage those seeking to become Catholic who are not yet 18 years old.