Becoming Catholic - RCIA

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is offered for those adults who are interested in becoming Catholic and being initiated into the Catholic Church. Adult preparation for the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation happens through RCIA.

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

RCIA has several aspects:

  • deepening one’s faith in Jesus Christ through prayer and reflection
  • learning the faith traditions and doctrines of the Church
  • entering into the life of the faith community by attending Mass, parish events and celebrations
  • being of service to others

RCIA is for those

  • who have never been baptized.
  • who has been baptized in another Christian faith tradition

If Never Baptized: For the unbaptized, known as Catechumens, initiation into the Catholic Church usually occurs at the Easter Vigil (the Saturday night before Easter Sunday). The Catechumens receive the three initiation sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.

Baptized in Another Christian Tradition: For those who have already been baptized, known as Candidates for Full Communion, reception into the Catholic Church can occur upon readiness throughout the year, barring any impediments. This reception includes a Profession of Faith, Confirmation and Eucharist.

Baptized Catholic, but no other Sacraments: RCIA is also for those adults who have been baptized Catholic but have not received the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. RCIA is an opportunity to prepare to receive the remaining sacraments of initiation.

For more information, please contact Sr. Denise at 608-268-2960 or sr.denise.herrmann@stmariagoretti.org

"The RCIA process was more than I ever expected it to be. When I first began I was skeptical of what the church and holy trinity were about. Being a part of this faith is so much more than I expected it to be. I am more connected with God now than ever before I my life. I find a peace and serenity every week when I come to the supper of the lamb. I would recommend to anyone seeking more peace, happiness, and revelation that they should come closer with God through the RCIA process!"