The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)


Am I there alone?

Never – you will have a sponsor, usually a spouse, family member or friend.  But, the parish has many volunteers who will sponsor you, and will be at your side each week and at every ceremony.


May I simply attend to learn about the Catholic faith, or do I have to commit to becoming Catholic?

Certainly you may simply attend and learn.  There is no pressure to make a decision until the evening of the Easter Vigil.  You will know when the decision is right for you.


Isn’t September to Easter a long time?

RCIA participants are always amazed how fast the time goes.  You will be part of a very close group.  Many life-long friendships are formed in RCIA.  


What actually goes on during our Monday night meetings?

After a brief prayer, a RCIA team member will present a topic of our faith.  This is followed by refreshments provided by parish members.  The second part of the evening usually includes discussion and time for questions and answers.  We always end with a prayer.


How can I get more information or sign up?

Contact Cathy Rauch, the Director of our RCIA Program, at 896-2901.


The Story of the Bible

Quick Questions about the Catholic Faith

The Catechism of the Catholic Church

RCIA is the process by which adults and teenagers become members of the Catholic Church. RCIA is for people of all walks of life: people raised in other faiths; people who were baptized Catholic but were not raised Catholic; people with no religious background at all. The RCIA is designed to meet you where you are, and to walk with you on your journey of faith.

RCIA is a journey of faith.  It is a time to learn about God, and your relationship with God.  It is a time to learn about the beliefs and practices of the Catholic Church, and to meet supportive and loving members of St. Mary Parish.  It is a time for personal growth and deepening of faith.

RCIA meetings take place every Monday night from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, from September through May. 


Should you decide to join the Catholic Church, you will be brought into full membership during the celebration of the Easter Vigil, which takes place the evening before Easter Sunday.  The Easter Vigil is an amazing celebration of the Catholic faith; no one comes away from it without being touched by God’s grace.  At the Vigil you will receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism*, Confirmation*, and Holy Communion), making you a full member of the Catholic Church.

(*The Catholic Church does not repeat these sacraments if they are performed according to the form recognized by the Catholic Church.)

Audio Files

Recent RCIA presentations are archived for participants who missed the sessions, and for anyone else interested. (Be patient! Audio files can be large; it may take several minutes.)

September 10, 2018Introduction to RCIA by Cathy Rauch 


Joseph Schmidt,
Mar 13, 2012, 8:37 AM