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RCIA Program (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)

We invite you to look deeper into the richness of our Catholic faith through our Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program. RCIA is an educational and spiritual formation process in which conversion of the heart brings one to Jesus Christ through learning, discussion, prayer, and community. Whether you are simply curious to learn more about our Catholic faith or seriously contemplating joining the Catholic Church, we are here to accompany you on your journey. We strive to help individuals learn about God and our Catholic faith so that they can begin to discern the voice of God. Designed to help individuals grow closer to God, these weekly sessions allow participants to explore and build upon their existing faith to help them discern if joining the Catholic Church, or completing one's initiation into the Church, is what they desire.

To become a full member of the Catholic Church, individuals receive the three Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Individuals are prepared to receive these Sacraments through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. These newcomers then receive the Sacraments of Initiation during our Easter Vigil celebration and are officially welcomed into our parish family.

RCIA is intended for:

  • Unbaptized adults considering entrance into the Catholic Church through the Sacraments of Initiation [Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist] (known as Catechumens)
  • Adults Baptized in another Christian faith, who wish to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church (known as Candidates)
  • Baptized Catholics who wish to receive First Communion and/or Confirmation to complete their initiation (also referred to as Candidates).

Our RCIA program is led by Deacon Rick Moritz (accompanied by his wife Carol) who walk together with our candidates and catechumens on their journey of discernment, preparing and supporting them throughout the entire process, which traditionally begins in the fall [September/October] and continues through Easter.

If you are uncertain if RCIA is a good fit for you, please know that we welcome those who are still questioning and exploring, and we are here to assist you along the way. For additional information, please contact Deacon Rick Moritz.

“If up till now you have kept Him at a distance, step forward. He will receive you with open arms. If you have been indifferent, take a risk: you won’t be disappointed. If following Him seems difficult, don’t be afraid, trust Him, be confident that He is close to you.”— Pope Francis