Becoming Catholic (RCIA)


We completed our Easter 2022 program (see below) and now have entered what is called "Mystagogy"
We gather once a month until we start up again weekly in October to follow the traditional time from the early Church when people were brought into the Catholic Church at Easter.  For more information email
[email protected] 

< What this statement means is that the Catholic Church is both human and divine. In RCIA, we'll never make the case that Catholics have been perfect. The Catholic Church has never been--nor will it ever be--perfect because as a human institution it is comprised of imperfect human beings, from the faults of its founders (e.g., St. Peter denies Christ three times) to its leaders today. But the Catholic Church transcends its human imperfections because of God's grace that resides there. Christ didn't chose the gifted; He gifted the chosen! To the man who denied knowing Him, he said "You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church." Christ commissioned his disciples to go and make disciples. They begun to fulfill this mission on the Day of Pentecost when the disciples were touched by the Holy Spirit. This is the birthday of the Roman Catholic Church. So if you're humble enough to know you're imperfect, then consider joining fellow travelers. Come join us on this journey!

DEPOSIT OF FAITH. Catholicism teaches that the doctrines contained in Sacred Scripture (the Bible) and Sacred Tradition (the Church) are authoritative because God's revelation is the source of both.  Click on> Online Catholic Bible & Click on> Online Catechism of the Catholic Church


Schedule 2021 - 22

CALLING. Do you hear a call to the Catholic Church? This is how one of our RCIA candidates said it in explaining why Catholicism made sense: "Catholicism had stood the test of time, and had a lot of value in what was taught. Protestantism was too changing, too willing to keep up with the current times and no grounding in Authority to say what was true is true. If God was real and Christianity was true, why try another form of it?"

COST. We ask that you obtain your own study materials (1. a Catholic Study Bible, 2. a copy of Brandon Vogt's Why I Am Catholic: and You Should Be Too and 3. Handbook for Today's Catholic) and take a couple turns hosting treats for our gatherings. (PS let us know if this is a financial hardship for you at this time and we'll find a remedy).

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

Prayer for Becoming Catholic:  Lord Jesus, we ask you blessings on these men and women who aspire to join your Church through our parish community. As they ponder your Word and share their stories may the fabric of their lives become interwoven into the very Body of Christ, your Church. Amen.

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

01 Wed 10/6. Queen of Peace in the Riffle Center (775 N. 8th St. across from Cathedral) at 6:30PM
-Introductions: "Buen Camino"
-Bible moment: Catholic/Protestant Bible difference 
-HTC: click on> ch.01 - You the Seeker, God the Seeker
-Catholic faith witness: click on> The Vatican: Upon This Rock Documentary

02 Wed 10/13. Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Bible moment & the Mass 01: Click on> Sign of the Cross
-HTC: click on>ch.02 – Revelation, Faith, Doctrine & Doubt
-Cathedral tour. Click on> What's inside a Catholic Church

-Catholic faith witness: click on> Salt & Light Radio: "Change your station; change your life."

03 Wed 10/20. Queen of Peace 6:30PM 
-Bible moment & the Mass 02: Click on> "I Confess"
-Catechism of the Catholic Church 
-HTC: ch.03, ch.04, ch.05 & ch.06; Video> Trinity: Bishop Barron
-How Christianity Saved Civilization: And Must Do So Again (pdf)
-Catholic question:  Why does the Church have so many rules? ( )
-Catholic faith witness: Fr. Schmidt & "Authority" 

04 Wed 10/27.  Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Bible moment & the Mass 03: Click on> "Lord, Have Mercy"
-HTC: ch08 – The Catholic Church

-Favorite depiction of Christ - discussion
-Catholic faith witness: Clement of Rome (Braden Stauts) & video> Bishop Barron "Mystical Union of Christ & the Church 

05 Wed 11/3. Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-The Mass: Church Etiquette 
-Eucharistic Video> "The Veil Removed"
-HTC: ch.11 – The Scriptures and Tradition

-Catholic faith witness: click on> Bishop Robert Barron: "The Mass"

   06 Sun 11/07. Cathedral Mass @ 10AM. Meet upstairs in the choirloft
  -Click on> Catechumen:Rite of Acceptance & Candidate:Rite of Welcoming

07 Wed 11/10. Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Bible moment & the Mass 04: Click on> The Gloria

-HTC: Read ch.12–Sin: Original & Personal & ch.13–The [Seven] Sacraments of the Church
-Catholic faith witness: Ignatius of Antioch (Braden Stauts)
-Click on video> Debunking Catholic Myths 

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

08 Wed 11/17.  Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Bible moment & the Mass: Click on> 03 Liturgy of the Word-Readings  
-Catholics & Mary (Bill Doyle) Mother of Jesus and of the Church & ch.10 – The Saints
-Click on> Sponsor/Patron saint consideration
 & Catholic Hierarchy 

     [Wed. 11/24. No class-Thanksgiving break; end of Ordinatry time/beginning of Advent]

09 Wed 12/1 Queen of Peace 6:30PM 
-Read from the book you purchased Vogt: Introduction & Conclusion
-Bible moment & the Mass: Click on> 04 Liturgy of the Word-Homily 
-Catholics & Advent (Pat Ullman)
-Secular vs. Catholic Time: click on> Liturgical year overview & this year's calendar  
-Catholic faith witness: "Spirituality of Advent" (Bishop Barron)

10 Wed 12/8 Cathedral 7-8PM Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
-Instead of gathering for class; FYI click on> Immaculate Conception  

11 Wed 12/15 6:30PM in the old Rectory (house behind the Cathedral): Advent party
-Potluck Advent party with all converts this year--young and old--in the parish
-Click on> Sign-up for potluck 

THE CHOSEN: Season 1 - Movieguide | The Family Guide to Movies &amp;  Entertainment  [Wednesdays 12/22 & 12/29: No classes]  During our break, it's suggested you take some time to sit down and view "The Chosen." FYI click HERE.

12 Wed 1/5 Queen of Peace, 6:30PM
-Bible moment & the Mass: Click on> 05 Nicene Creed 
-Prayer life (John Moore)
-Read Vogt's ch. 1. Catholicism is True: Because God Exists
-Catholic question: Why Does the Church Follow So Many Traditions?

-Catholic faith witness: click on> Peter Kreeft "Seven Reasons to be Catholic"

13 Wed 1/12 Queen of Peace, 6:30PM
-Bible moment & the Mass: Click on> 06 Prayer of the Faithful 
-Read Vogt's ch. 2. Catholicism is True: Because we need religion 
-Catholic Question: Why are Sacraments Necessary?

-Eucharistic Adoration (Rita Davis)

-Catholic faith resource: Catholic Answers 

14 Wed 1/19 Queen of Peace, 6:30PM
-Bible moment & the Mass: Click on> Sacraments & Sacramentals 
-Protestant Reformation (Dan Brady) 
-Catholic Question: Does the Church Teach Salvation by Works?
-Read Vogt ch. 3. Catholicism is True: Because Jesus is God 
-Catholic faith witness: Laudate app

15 Wed 1/26 Queen of Peace, 6:30PM
-Bible moment & the Mass: Click on> 07 Preparation of the Gifts/Washing Hands
-Read Vogt ch. 4. Catholicism is True: Because Jesus Started the Church 
-Sex abuse scandal (Bill Doyle)
-Catholic Question: Is the Catholic Church the true early Church? 
-Catholic faith witness: Pints With Aquinas 

16 Wed 2/2 Queen of Peace, 6:30PM
-Read Vogt ch. 5. Catholicism is Good: Because it built Western Civilization 
-Click on> The Five Catholic precepts 
-Catholic distinctions: Didache vs. Kerygma | The Head, Heart & Hands

-Catholic Question: Is Original Sin Stupid? 
-Catholic faith witness: The Bible in a Year with Fr. Mike Schmitz 

17 Wed 2/9 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Bible moment & the Mass: 08 Eucharistic Prayer/Consecration  
-Read Vogt ch. 6. Catholicism is Good: Because of its heroic charity 
-Catholic Question: Why does the Church Have Religious Orders? (Clare Lintereur)

-Catholic faith witness: Catholic Online 

18 Wed 2/16 Queen of Peace, 6:30PM 
-Bible moment & the Mass: 09 Our Father: The Lord's Prayer  
-Read Vogt ch. 7. Catholicism is Good: Because it doesn't go with the times
-Church Father: Justin Martyr (Braden Stauts)
-Catholic Question: What's with Purgatory & Indulgences?

-Catholic faith witness: Eternal Word Television Networt (ETWN)

19 Wed 2/23 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Bible moment & the Mass: 10 Agnus Dei: Lamb of God
-Read Vogt ch. 8. Catholicism is Good: Because it offers true forgiveness 
-Catholic Question: How Can a Loving God Send People to Hell?
-Catholic faith witness: "The Search" is a series from the Augustine Institute; to see episode one CLICK HERE.

-Decision point: Let's do this!

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

20 Wed 3/2 Ash Wednesday (beginning of Lent) NO CLASS
-Instead of class try to attend one of the Cathedral masses: 7AM, 8:30, 12:15, 5:30 & 7PM Espanol
-FYI click on> Ash Wednesday & Lent for Catholics 

21 Fri 3/4 Stations of the Cross @ 5:30 in the Cathedral (every Friday of Lent)

22 Wed 3/9 Queen of Peace 6:30PM

-Read Vogt ch. 9. Catholicism is Beautiful: Because it Cherishes Beauty 
-Importance of form: "I vs. We Baptisms"
-HTC: ch.07 Grace and the Theological Virutes
-Catholic witness:
Idaho Catholic Register 

   23 Sat 3/12 Rite of Sending: Cathedral Mass @ 5PM (ideally w/sponsor)
    -Click on script> Rite of Sending   

   24 Mon. 3/14 Rite of Election w/ Bishop Peter @ 7PM in the Cathedral (ideally w/sponsor)
    -Click on script> Rite of Election(Catechumen) & Call Continuing Conversion(Candidate)  

25 Wed 3/16 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Read Vogt ch. 10. Catholicism is Beautiful: Because it Lifts Us Up
-Set up the Scrutinies: I, II & III
-Click on> Top 10 Questions for Catholics 

26 Sun 3/20 Scrutiny I Cathedral Mass @ 10AM (ideally w/sponsor)
-Click on script> 1st Scrutiny 

27 Wed 3/23 Queen of Peace, 6:30PM
-Pray the Rosary 
-Click on> Solo Prayer Retreat

     28 Sun 3/27 Scrutiny II Cathedral Mass @ 5PM (ideally w/sponsor)  
    -Click on script> 2nd Scrutiny 

29 Wed 3/30 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Bible moment & the Mass: 11 Communion
-Read Vogt ch. 11. Catholicism is Beautiful: Because it's for everybody
-Church Father: Iraneus (Braden Stauts)
-FYI video: "The Veil Removed"

    30 Thur. 3/31 Chrism Mass @ 10:30AM Cathedral
     -Click on> Chrism Mass (pdf) 

    31 Sat. 4/2 Scrutiny III Cathedral Mass @ 5PM (ideally w/ sponsor)
      -Click on script> Third Scrutiny 

32 Wed 4/6 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-1st Confession prep: Click on> Going to Confession guide & FYI video> Fr. Casey on Catholic Confession
-Presentation of the Lord's Prayer w/ Deacon Tom Dominck

     Fri 4/8: Confession for Candidates [Catechumens your first confession will be arranged after Easter]
     -Downstairs in the chapel with Fr. Mariusz & Fr. Aleksander following the Stations of the Cross (about 6PM)
     -Click on> Going to Confession guide & FYI video> Fr. Casey on Catholic Confession

33 Wed 4/13 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Bible moment & the Mass: 12 Final Blessing
-Conclusion: Brandon Vogt's Why I Am Catholic: And You Should Be Too> CLICK HERE.
-Entering Into the Triduum
-FYI Sacraments of Initiation> CLICK HERE.
-FYI Easter Vigil parts> CLICK HERE.

   34 Sat. Apr 4/16 
     -Part I: 10AM REHEARSAL in the Cathedral (preferably with sponsor). Done before noon.
     -Part II: 8PM (be there by 7:45) EASTER VIGIL in the Cathedral with sponsor. For the mass outline CLICK HERE.


Period 4: Mystagogy ("Learning about the Mysteries")
Mystagogy is a process of continous growing in the faith through "head, heart & hands." We are called to know the Lord, we are called to love and worship the Lord, and we are called to serve the Lord. 

35 Third Wednesday: April 20. 6:30PM Queen of Peace room in the Riffle Center
-Potluck Dinner celebration. Please RSVP to [email protected] 

36 Third Wednesday: May 18.  6:30PM Queen of Peace room in the Riffle Center
-Read Handbook for Today's Catholic ch.14 – Human Destiny; Click on> "Life in the Spirit" from the Catechism of the Catholic Church [pdf]

   Sunday, June 5. PENTECOST SUNDAY: The birthday of the Roman Catholic Church, 33AD

37 Third Wednesday: June 15.  6:30PM Queen of Peace room in the Riffle Center
-HTC: Section IV Living the Faith

   Sunday, June 19. CORPUS CHRISTI. 10AM Mass, downtown procession, and parish festival

38 Third Wednesday: July 20.  6:30PM Queen of Peace room in the Riffle Center

39 Third Wednesday: August 17.  6:30PM Queen of Peace room in the Riffle Center

40 Third Wednesday: September 21. 6:30PM Queen of Peace room in the Riffle Center

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), in order to live a moral life geared towards growth of God and neighbor, a Christian must at a minimum follow the five precepts of the faith which are:

-Attending Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation
-Receiving the sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) at least once a year
-Receiving the Eucharist at least once a year
-Observing the days of fasting and abstinence as prescribed by the Church
-Contributing to the material needs of the Church



-"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) 

-Topic: “21st Century Catholics" (John)   

-Sponsors & Patron Saints 

-Catholic Church Etiquette (pdf)




"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.

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


INFORMATIONAL MEETING. Want to get a better sense of what all is involved in becoming Catholic? You're invited to a no-strings-attached informational meeting (via Zoom or in-person). Email [email protected] to set up a short meeting to discuss if the Rite of Christian Initation of Adults (RCIA) is something that will work for you. 
NOTE: This is for those who are considering becoming Catholic for the first time. If you were already baptized Catholic and received First Communion, and missed the sacrament of Confirmation, then click on> Adult Catholic Confirmation).