Have you ever wanted to learn more about Catholicism?
Have you thought about becoming Catholic yourself?
Catholicism teaches that conversion isn't just something that happens in a single moment; it's a journey that spans a lifetime! We're here to accompany and support you on your journey. Each of us is constantly called by Jesus Christ to grow in love of God and of one another, and in doing so become more like Jesus ourselves. The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is the name of the overall structure the Catholic Church uses to mark milestones on one's spiritual journey when one is thinking about becoming Catholic.
What might I expect if...
I think I want to become Catholic, and I've never been baptized?
Those who haven't been baptized can expect to experience the full journey of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). This process takes at least a full year, often longer, and culminates with becoming Catholic through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist during our Easter Vigil Liturgy the night before Easter Sunday. Becoming Catholic isn't about ticking boxes and jumping through the right hoops, it's a process of discernment. This gives you lots of time to listen to how God is calling you, with the support of the whole community.
I'm converting from another Christian denomination?
If you've already been baptized, the RCIA offer more flexibility based on your own faith journey. That's because someone who was baptized as a child and never came to church again is going to have a very different background than someone who has spent a lifetime going to church, reading the Bible, and praying daily. We'll work together to figure out the best way to prepare you to become Catholic.
I'm already baptized Catholic, but I want to learn more about the faith?
Sometimes we meet people who were baptized Catholic but never received any other sacraments, and now they've reached a point where they're rediscovering the faith in which they were baptized. We'll work together to figure out the best way to accompany you on your journey.
I'm just curious?
Great! Come learn with us; we welcome your questions! There's no pressure to make a decision one way or another until you'd like to.
What if my children aren't Catholic, and I'd like them to become Catholic?
Children who are younger than 7 years old count as "infants" in the Catholic Church. They're eligible to be baptized if the parents and godparents promise to do their very best to raise them in the Catholic faith. Once children are at least 7 years old, children are developmentally able to handle more spiritual formation. To meet these needs, we adapt the RCIA for children (sometimes called "RCIC"). With parental permission, children make the choice to become Catholic themselves. Parents are highly encouraged to come to RCIC meetings along with their children.