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.)

September 10, 2018Introduction to RCIA by Cathy Rauch 

September 17, 2018Tour of the Basilica
(no audio available)

September 24, 2018Prayer by Matt Lupardus

October 1, 2018Introduction to Scripture and Tradition by Fr. Mike

October 8, 2018The Old Testament by Fr. Mike

October 15, 2018The Person of Jesus by Fr. Josh

October 22, 2018The New Testament by Fr. Josh

October 29, 2018   Trinity and Faith by Fr. Mike

November 5, 2018The Mass - Liturgy of the word and Liturgy of the Eucharist by Fr. Josh, Deacon Lee and Cathy Rauch
(No Audio Available)

November 12, 2018History and Development of the Church by Fr. Mike

November 19, 2018Advent and the Life of Grace by Matt Lupardus

November 26, 2018Mary and the Saints by Janet Schilling

December 3, 2018Introduction to the Sacraments; the Sacrament of Baptism by Fr. Josh

December 10, 2018Confirmation and Prayer (Part 2) by Matt Lupardus

January 7, 2019Vocations (Part 1): Priesthood, Diaconate and Marriage by Fr. Mike, Deacon Lee, and Ken and Janet Schilling

January 14, 2018Vocations (Part 2): Single Life and Religious Life by Debbie Lazorik and Sister Joan Marie

January 21, 2018The Sacraments of Healing by Fr. Josh and Fr. Mike

February 4, 2018Christian Living/Morality (Part 1) by Fr. Mark Moore

February 11, 2018    Christian Living/Morality (Part 2) by Team (small groups)

February 18, 2018Sacrament of Eucharist (Part 1) by Fr. Mike

February 25, 2018Sacrament of Eucharist (Part 2) by Cathy Rauch

March 4, 2018The Season of Lent by Janet Schilling and Deacon Lee

March 11, 2018Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell by Fr. Mike

March 18, 2018Angels and Demons by Fr. Josh

March 25, 2018Sacrament of Reconciliation by Cathy Rauch

April 15, 2018Easter Season and Practices by Matt Lupardus

April 29, 2018New Life in the Fullness of Christ by Cathy Rauch

Joseph Schmidt,
Mar 13, 2012, 8:37 AM