Interested in joining the Catholic Church?
E veryone has a story, a journey of faith that brings them to the doors of the Catholic Church and into the heart of Jesus Christ. What brought you to this site today? We are interested to hear from you and to welcome you to our community!
Are you an adult or a youth who is interested to join the Catholic Church? Please click on the respective tabs, and visit the FAQS below for registration info for each age group.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults classes are for adults beyond high school, who are considering joining the Catholic Church. Classes are held weekly from late August until early May at the church. A registration form must be completed and returned to the director of religious education before August.
Frequently Asked Questions
In summary, the RCIA process is divided into four stages, which will be explained more in depth at the introductory class session:
- Period of Evangelization and Precatechumenate: A time for questions and initial stirrings of conversion to Christ. The period ends with the “Rite of Welcoming and Acceptance” during Mass near the beginning of the liturgical year (around December).
- Period of the Catechumenate: Students are taught more in depth about various Catholic doctrines and traditions and are strengthened through blessings and other rites. The period ends with the Rite of Sending & Rite of Election on the first Sunday of Lent.
- Period of Purification & Enlightenment: A time for more intense spiritual preparation for the upcoming sacraments. This period coincides with Lent, and the format of RCIA shifts from having classes to participating in rites & scrutinies during the Masses. This period ends on the Easter Vigil with the reception of the sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
- Period of Mystagogy & the Neophyte Year: A time to unpack the grace and meaning of the sacraments as a new Catholic! Classes are again held rather than participating in the Masses/liturgies. Mystagogy lasts until Pentecost (50 days after Easter), which is when RCIA formally concludes here.
- Unbaptized adults
- Baptized adults in another Christian faith tradition
- Baptized Catholic adults who never received the later sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Communion, or Confirmation (permission from the bishop is needed).
- Fully-initiated Catholics are also welcome to observe the classes to learn more about faith topics of interest.
Eligible children include those who are beyond the age of reason (age 7) up until high school seniors. The child must be either:
No, there is no fee to become a member of the Catholic Church!
RCIA: Yes, each week your godparent/sponsor should attend class with you to help support you on your faith journey throughout the year.
RCIC: Yes, your parent, guardian, or godparent/sponsor is encouraged to accompany you to class.
A godparent (stands up for those being baptized) and a sponsor (stands up for the person at Confirmation) needs to be:
- A devout Catholic who is a great role model for the Catholic faith!
- At least 16 years of age
- A fully-initiated Catholic who has received Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation. A baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic church community is not to participate except together with a Catholic sponsor and then only as a witness of the baptism.
- In good standing with the Catholic Church (cannot be bound by any canonical penalty, be in an irregular marriage, nor be a practicing homosexual person)
- A role model adult other than the parents of the student
- Only one male godparent/sponsor, one female godparent/sponsor, or both. The godparent and the sponsor can be the same person for the student.
- Encourages the student to lead a life-long, faithful Catholic Christian life. Catholic family members or life-long friends are encouraged to be godparents/sponsors since it is the intention to always remain an important part of the student’s life.
What if I was baptized in another faith tradition but am unable to obtain proof from my previous church?
You will not need to be rebaptized if you were baptized using water and the Trinitarian formula (“I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”). However, you will need to complete an Affidavit of Baptism form, and return it to the director of religious education. Proof of baptism is a prerequisite for receiving any of the subsequent sacraments.
What if I am a non-Catholic individual who was previously divorced and am now interested to join the Catholic Church?
You will need to make an appointment with the priest or annulment advocate at our church at your earliest convenience as the annulment process takes about one year to complete. You must receive an annulment before you are free to proceed through the RCIA process. Please visit the diocesan website for an explanation on the annulment process and frequently asked questions.
What if I am a non-Catholic individual, who married my Catholic spouse outside the Catholic Church, and I am now interested to join the Catholic faith?
You will need to make an appointment with the priest or the marriage prep coordinator at your earliest convenience to have your marriage validated, or blessed, in the Catholic Church so that you will both be free to receive the sacraments. You must complete the validation ceremony before you are free to proceed through the RCIA process.