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Becoming Catholic (RCIA)

What is RCIA?

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a faith journey by which adults prepare to become Catholic or finish their initiation into the Catholic Church. The Sacraments of Initiation are Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion.

RCIA is a process of discerning one’s readiness for this commitment.

This Process is For...

  • Those who have never been baptized
  • Those who have been baptized in another Christian faith and seek to join the Catholic Church
  • Those who have been baptized Catholic, but have not had the opportunity to prepare for and receive the remaining Sacraments of Initiation

The RCIA Process

Weekly Sessions

  • Formal sessions with the St. Maria Goretti RCIA Team are usually scheduled once a week, September through April
  • The reception of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion usually take place during the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday evening

A Journey of Faith

  • Deepen one’s faith in Jesus Christ through Scripture and prayer
  • Learn about and participate in the Mass which is the primary way Catholics pray together
  • Learn what the Catholic Church believes and teaches about God, the Church, and living as a Catholic
  • Be part of a parish community through praying together, attending parish events, and volunteering with fellow parishioners
  • Learn, grow, reflect, and prepare to become Catholic as you receive the Sacraments of Initiation

Your Sponsor

  • You will have a Catholic sponsor to walk with you, support and mentor you throughout the process
  • Your sponsor will attend the RCIA sessions with you and guide you in the Catholic faith and practices
  • Your sponsor can be a companion with you at parish events

Living one’s Catholic faith is an ongoing process. Being part of a Catholic parish is important. The bonds that develop in belonging to a parish community give you support in living as a disciple of Jesus Christ. 

For more information or to register, please contact Sr. Denise at

The RCIA process was more than I ever expected it to be. I am more connected to God now than ever before in my life.

RCIA Participant


Sr. Denise Herrmann, CSA
Pastoral Associate & Director of Liturgy and RCIA


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