Becoming Catholic (RCIA)

-Want to learn more about the Catholic Church?

-Considering becoming Catholic but not sure yet?

-Want to share a spiritual journey together to find out more?

COME and give our program a try. We use as our foundation the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) which was developed in the early Church. From October through May we meet weekly on Wednesday evenings, with some Sunday gatherings. Below is our schedule (check back for updates).  For more information email [email protected] 

COST: We ask that you obtain a Catholic Bible (The Catholic Study Bible, New American Bible Revised Edition is one example) or one will be provided you, and a copy of Brandon Vogt's Why I Am Catholic (and You Should Be Too)

COMMITMENT: The ask is that you attend as many of the forty sessions below as possible.

BECOMING CATHOLIC (RCIA) Schedule, 2020-21

COVID NOTICE. We're meeting in-person in complicance with local guidelines (with social distancing and masks).

------ Period 1 of 4: Inquiry / Pre-Catechumenate -----

00 Wed 09/23 Optional informative Q & A online Zoom session.
-Email [email protected] for link

01 Wed 09/30. Queen of Peace, 6:30-8PM 
-Introductions: "Buen Camino"
-This Sunday's scripture reflections click on> A27 "Divine Justice & Judgment"

02 Wed 10/7. Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-This Sunday's scripture reflections click on> A28 "Keep Holy the Lord's Day"
-Topic: Buen Camino Handbook

03 Wed 10/14. Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-This Sunday's scripture reflections click on> A29 "I Am the Lord, There is No Other"
-Topic: “21st Century Catholics" (John)   
-Cathedral tour (Deacon Derrick) [FYI video Tour a Cathedral]

04 Wed 10/21. Queen of Peace 6:30PM 
-This Sunday's scripture reflections click on> A30 "Two Great Commandments"
-Sponsor consideration
-How Christianity Saved Civilization: And Must Do So Again (pdf)
-Discussion of Vogt's book Introduction & Conclusion (John)
-Conversion: now and lifelong (Braden Stauts)

05 Wed 10/28.  Queen of Peace 6:30PM

-This Sunday's scripture reflections click on> A31 "Magisterium"
-Video: Fr. Schmidt & "Authority"
-Catechism of the Catholic Church 
-Discussion of Vogt's ch. 1 (Mary Mosher)

06 Wed 11/4. Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-This Sunday's scripture reflections click on> A32 (Perseverance in Prayer)
-Discussion of Vogt's ch. 2
--Catholics & Mary w/ Bill Doyle
-Praying the Rosary 

07 Wed 11/11. Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-This Sunday's scripture reflections click on> A33 (Stewardship)
-Discussion of Vogt ch. 3
-Liturgical Calendar (Fr. Mariusz)

--------- Period 2 of 4: Catechumenate ----------

     08 Sun 11/15. Cathedral Mass @TBA   
     
-Catechumen: Rite of Acceptance; Candidate: Rite of Welcoming (with your sponsor)

09 Wed 11/18.  Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-This Sunday's scripture reflections click on> A34 (Christ the King)
-Discussion of Vogt ch. 4

     [Wed. 11/25. No class-Thanksgiving break; end of Ordinatry time/beginning of Advent]
      -This Sunday's scripture link reflections click on> Advent I (The Second Coming)

10 Wed 12/2 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-FYI video: "Spirituality of Advent" (Bishop Barron)
-Advent Parish Mission (in the Cathedral) w. Fr. Bill Casey 
-This Sunday's scripture reflections click on> Advent II (Confession of Sins)

11 Wed 12/9 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-This Sunday's scripture reflections click on> Advent III (Discernment)
-Discussion of Vogt ch. 5

-Catholic Church Etiquette (pdf)

12 Wed 12/16 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Catholic Christmas 
-This Sunday's scripture reflections click on> Advent IV (Incarnation)

     [Wed. 12/23 & 12/30: No classes]

13 Wed 1/6 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Click on this Sunday's scripture link reflections>
-Discussion of Vogt ch. 6

14 Wed 1/13 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Click on this Sunday's scripture link reflections>
-Discussion of Vogt's ch. 7

15 Wed 1/20 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Click on this Sunday's scripture link reflections> 
-Discussion of Vogt ch. 8

16 Wed 1/27 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Click on this Sunday's scripture reflections>

-Upcoming readings: Baptism of the Lord (pdf)
-Discussion of Vogt ch. 9

17 Wed 2/3 Queen of Peace, 6:30PM 
-Click on this Sunday's scripture link reflections>
-Discussion of Vogt ch. 10

18 Wed 2/10 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Click on this Sunday's scripture link reflections>
-Discussion of Vogt ch. 11

------- Period 3: Purification & Enlightenment (Lent) -------

19 Wed 2/17 Ash Wednesday Cathedral Mass TBA
-Click on this Sunday's scripture link reflections> 
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20 Wed 2/24 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Click on this Sunday's scripture link reflections>
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     21 Sun 2/28 Rite of Sending: Cathedral Mass @TBA
    - Rite of Sending (pdf) 

22 Wed 3/3 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Click on this Sunday's scripture link reflections>
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Parish Mission TBA

23 Fri 3/5 Cathedral @TBA
-Stations of the Cross

     24 Sun 3/7 Scrutiny I Cathedral Mass @TBA 
     -First Scrutiny (pdf)

25 Wed 3/10 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Click on this Sunday's scripture link reflections>

     26 Sun 3/14 Scrutiny II Cathedral Mass @TBA     
     -Second Scrutiny (pdf)

27 Wed 3/17 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Click on this Sunday's scripture link reflections>

     28 Sun 3/21 Scrutiny III Cathedral Mass @TBA 
      -Third Scrutiny (pdf)

[Wed 3/24 No class--Spring Break]

      29 Rite of Election w/ Bishop Peter TBA  
     
-Rite of Election(Catechumen) & Call Continuing Conversion(Candidate) (pdf)

30 Wed 3/31 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Click on this Sunday's scripture link reflections>

     31 Sat. Apr 4/3 Easter Vigil @ Cathedral
     -Sacraments of Initiation

--------- Period 4: Mystagogy (Easter Season) --------

33 Wed 4/7 Queen of Peace 6:30PM

34 Wed 4/14 Queen of Peace 6:30PM

35 Wed 4/21 Queen of Peace 6:30PM

36 Wed 4/28 Queen of Peace 6:30PM

37 Wed 5/5 Queen of Peace 6:30PM

38 Wed 5/12 Queen of Peace 6:30PM

39 Wed 5/19 Queen of Peace 6:30PM

40 5/23 Pentecost Sunday TBA

--------- Period 5: Interlude --------

June inquiry session: TBA

July inquiry session: TBA

August inquiry session: TBA

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[YouTube video "The Veil Removed"]

-"The Catholic Church:" A Jewish Assessment by Jonah Goldberg (pdf) 

-Top 10 Questions Catholics are Asked (pdf)
-Setup of R.C.I.A. Scrutinies [FYI website & video]

-Catholic Lectionary

Chrism Mass (pdf) 

-Sponsors & Patron Saints 

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2020 Catechumens & Candidates:

 

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"No one will force you to stay. Have a look at the Catholic Church from inside the convictions that make Catholicism what it is. Walk around in it. See how it feels. Then decide what you think about it."
~ George Weigel

What is RCIA?  

RCIA stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. When we bring people into the Catholic Church, or help them to receive all of their initial sacraments if they are already baptized Catholic, we call that "initiation." While the word "initiation" is often used when people are talking about joining a club, we are really talking about a process of prayer, reflection and study spread over several months during which the inquirer participates in Catholic life and worship.  The focus of the RCIA process is Christian conversion - a change of heart in which the individual turns toward God and away from whatever is in the way of living a full Christian life. Those who participate in this process of prayer, study and reflection include:

Catechumen: People who have never been baptized

Candidate: People who were baptized in another Christian tradition, or baptized Catholics who want to deepen their understanding of their faith and complete their sacraments of initiation. The three sacraments of initiation are Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation.

They are joined by their sponsors and others looking to grow their faith

So this process could also be a good formation opportunity for anyone who:

  • Desires to know more about the Catholic Church
  • Attends the Catholic Church and is questioning if the Catholic Church is the right choice for a faith community
  • Was baptized Catholic but left or has had little or no contact with the Church. 

Becoming Catholic today means being a part of an ancient faith, deeply rooted in the teachings and traditions of Christ, that is filled with hope and vibrancy as we continue to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to all the ends of the earth. To look at frequently asked questions about RCIA CLICK HERE

Prayer for Becoming Catholic

Lord Jesus, we ask you blessings on these men and women who aspire to join your Church—for the first time or once again—through our parish community.

As they ponder your Word and share their stories may the fabric of their lives become interwoven just as our lives are-- into the very Body of Christ, your Church.