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Rite of Christian Initiation in Adults

R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) needs you! We are currently looking for individuals wanting to know more about the Catholic faith.

They may have questions about the faith, such as:

  • What does the Catholic Church teach?
  • Why do Catholics believe that?
  • Why all the rituals and traditions?

Do you know a family member or a friend who has asked these or similar questions? If so, then, maybe RCIA can help. RCIA provides instruction on Catholic beliefs, teachings, rituals, etc. It is not only for those who want to become Catholic, but also for anyone who wants to learn more about the Catholic faith.

RCIA is not only for non-Catholics. Catholics can enrich their own faith while, at the same time, sharing it with someone inquiring into the faith. You can do this by being a Sponsor (someone who provides support, prayer, and encouragement for the individual Inquirer).

Another way to share is by being a Team Member. Team Members provide support for Inquirers and Sponsors in several ways. Team Members minister by being involved in prayer, scripture, hospitality, logistics, and many other areas.

To inquire about the Catholic faith, contact the parish office at 419–625-7465. For additional information about becoming a Team Member or Sponsor, contact the parish office at 419-625-7465.

What is RCIA?

RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is a class for people who would like to know more about the Roman Catholic faith. It is also for those who desire to be received in full communion to the Catholic Church. This includes Catechumens and Candidates. Catechumens are people who have never been baptized by any Christian Church. Candidates are individuals who have been baptized in any Christian Church (including Roman Catholics) but have not been confirmed in the Catholic Church.

RCIA Process

For anyone who wishes to become a Catholic Christian, the RCIA process includes several steps (periods) that lead to your initiation into our “Catholic Christian” community


Period of Evangelization and Pre-Catechumanate

Period of Evangelization and Pre-Catechumanate

None of us would deny that there are many longings within our own hearts and that from time to time…

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Period of Catechumenate

Period of Catechumenate

The word "catechumen" comes from biblical Greek and literally means "one who sounds out something". The second step of the…

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Period of Purification and Enlightenment

Period of Purification and Enlightenment

The third step of the RCIA is a time for spiritual purification and enlightenment. It spans the season of Lent…

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Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation

Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation

During the time of their engagement a couple reassures one another that the loving commitment they offer is unconditional and…

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Period of Mystagogy/Post-Initiation Catechesis

Period of Mystagogy/Post-Initiation Catechesis

The celebration of a couple's love on the day of their wedding leads naturally to many days of personal rejoicing…

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