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.)

SEP 19 Tour of the Basilica by Deacon Lee and Fr. Tom (past audio)

SEP 26 Prayer (Part 1) by Janet Schilling (past audio)

OCT 3 Introduction to Scripture and Tradition in the Church by Fr. Mike (past audio)

OCT 10 The Old Testament by Fr. Mike (past audio)

OCT 17 The Life of Jesus by Cathy Rauch and Fr. Mike

OCT 24  The New Testament by Joe Schmidt (past audio)
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OCT 31 Trinity and Faith by Georgene Johnson

NOV 7 The Mass - Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy of the Eucharist by Fr. Tom (past audio)

NOV 14 The History of the Catholic Church by Fr. Mike

NOV 21 Advent and the Life of Grace by Joe Schmidt (past audio)
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NOV 28         Mary and the Saints by Janet Schilling
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DEC 5 Introduction to the Sacraments, and an Exploration of the Sacrament of Baptism by Fr. Tom
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DEC 12 Introduction to the Sacrament Confirmation by Joe Schmidt
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JAN 9   Vocations Part 1 - Priesthood, Diaconate and Marriage by Fr. Mike, Deacon Lee and Ken and Janet Schilling
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JAN 16 Vocations Part 2 - Religious Life and Single Life by Sr. Martha Escobar, RGS, and Georgene Johnson
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JAN 23 Sacraments of Healing: Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick by Fr. Mike
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JAN 30 Sacrament of the Eucharist Part 1 by Fr. Mike (past audio)
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FEB 6 Morality Part 1 by Fr. Mark Moore
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FEB 13         Morality - Small Group Discussion 
(No audio available)

FEB 20

The Season of Lent by Deacon Lee
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FEB 27 Morality Part 2 by Fr. Mark Moore
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Eucharist Part 2 by Cathy Rauch
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MAR 13Sacrament of Reconciliation Part 2 by Cathy Rauch
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MAR 20

Penance Service - First Reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation

MAR 27The Last Things: Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell by Fr. Mike
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Joseph Schmidt,
Mar 13, 2012, 8:37 AM