Becoming Catholic (RCIA)

Come and give the Catholic Church a try!

Annually we have a program to help people discern their spiritual journey. We use as our foundation the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) which is explained in more detail below. We go from October through May, meet mostly on Wednesday evenings, with some Saturday and Sunday gatherings. Below is our 2019-20 schedule (check back for updates).  For more information email [email protected] 

BECOMING CATHOLIC (RCIA) 2019-2020 Schedule

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

01 Wed 10/9.  Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Introductions: "Buen Camino"
-Topic: Your Spiritual Journey with Braden Stauts 

02 Wed 10/16. Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Topic: “21st Century Catholics" with Lynn Zeller

-Click on Scripture link>29 Sunday Ordinary Time (C) 
-Cathedral tour: Deacon Derrick [FYI video Tour a Cathedral]

03 Wed 10/23.  Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Click on Scripture link>30 Sunday Ordinary Time (C) 
-Conversion presentation with Bill Doyle
-Catholicism: Form & Content/Style & Substance

04 Wed 10/30. Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Click on Scripture link>31 Sunday Ordinary Time (C)]
-Part 1 of 2: Bishop Barron on the Catholic Pivotal Player John Henry Newman: The Convert ]  

05 Sat 11/2. Cathedral Parish Hall 9AM
-Topic: “The Mass” (Part 1 of 2) with Fr. Mariusz

06 Wed 11/6.  Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Click on Scripture link>32 Sunday Ordinary Time (C)]
-Part 2 of 2: Bishop Barron on the Catholic Pivotal Player John Henry Newman: The Convert ]

07 Wed 11/13. Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Topic: “Advent” with Fr. Mariusz / Sponsor consideration
-Click on Scripture link>33 Sundary Ordinary Time (C) 

08 Wed 11/20. Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Topic: Preparation for the Catechumenate stage
-Click on Scripture link>34 Sunday Ordinary Time (C) 

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

09 Sat 11/23. Cathedral @ 5PM Mass
-Catechumen: Rite of Acceptance; Candidate: Rite of Welcoming (with your sponsor)

[Wed. 11/27. No class-Thanksgiving break]

10 Wed 12/4.  Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-"Faith & Works" by Deacon Mark Geraty

11 Wed 12/11 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Video: "Spirituality of Advent" (Bishop Barron)
-Sponsors & Patron Saints 
-Catechism of the Catholic Church 

12 Sat 12/14 Cathedral Hall 9AM
-Mass Part 2 of 2 w/ Fr. Mariusz

13 Wed 12/18 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Catholic Christmas 
-Christmas party & caroling 

[Wed. 12/25 & 1/1: No classes]

14 Wed 1/8 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Upcoming readings: Baptism of the Lord (pdf)
-How Christianity Saved Civilization: And Must Do So Again (pdf) 

15 Wed 1/15 Queen of Peace, 6:30PM 
-Upcoming readings: A 02 Sunday (pdf)
-Video: Fr. Schmidt & "Authority" 
-Magisterium ("Church teaching") w/ Deacon Bill Burns 

16 Wed 1/22 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Upcoming readings: A 03 Sunday (pdf)
-Catholic Church Etiquette (pdf)

-Parish Mission: "Power & Love of St. Michael" (pdf)

17 Wed 1/29 Queen of Peace 6:30PM 
-Upcoming readings: A 04 Sunday (pdf)
-Catholics & Mary w/ Bill Doyle
-Praying the Rosary 

18 Wed 2/5 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Upcoming readings: A 05 Sunday (pdf)
-Parish book discussion: Rediscover the Saints

Wed 2/12 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Upcoming readings: A 06 Sunday (pdf)
-Guest speaker: Deacon Tom Dominick on the "Eucharist" [YouTube video "The Veil Removed"]

    20 Sat 2/15 Cathedral Parish Hall 9:15AM
    -Saturday Catechesis part 1 of 4: "God the Father" w/ Fr. Dominque
     I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.

21 Wed 2/19 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Upcoming readings: A 07 Sunday (pdf)
-Book discussion: Letter to a Suffering Church w/ Lynn Zeller
-"The Catholic Church:" A Jewish Assessment by Jonah Goldberg (pdf) 

22 Wed 2/26 Cathedral Mass 5:30PM - Ash Wednesday (Start of Lent)
-Upcoming readings: A 1st Sunday of Lent (pdf)
Top 10 Questions Catholics are Asked (pdf)

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

23 Wed 3/4 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Upcoming readings: A 2nd Sunday of Lent (pdf)
-RCIA Scrutinies 

24 Sat 3/7 Cathedral Parish Hall 9:15AM
-Saturday Catechesis 2 of 4: Nicene Creed "Jesus Christ" w/ Deacon Bill Burns
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end.

     25 Sun 3/8: 8AM Cathedral Mass - Rite of Sending (pdf) 

26 Wed 3/11 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Upcoming readings: A 3rd Sunday of Lent (pdf)
-Scriptures w/ Deacon Tom Mannschreck 

27 Thur 3/12 Cathedral Mass 7PM w/ Bishop Peter
-Rite of Election-Catechumen; Candidate-Call Continuing Conversion

28 Sat 3/14 Cathedral Mass 5PM 
-First Scrutiny

29 Wed 3/18 Queen of Peace 6:30PM

30 Sun 3/22 Cathedral Mass 8AM 
-Second Scrutiny

[Wed 3/25--No class-area Spring Break]

31 Sun 3/29 Cathedral Mass 10AM 
-Third Scrutiny

32 Wed 4/1 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Prep for Vigil I

33 Sat 4/4 Cathedral Parish Hall 9:15AM
-Saturday Catechesis part 3 of 4: "Holy Spirit" w/ Fr. Kamphuis
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.

34 Wed 4/8 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Prep for Vigil II

35 Sat 4/11 Cathedral 7PM -Easter Vigil
-Rehearsal: at Cathedral TBA
-Celebration: at Cathedral by 6:30PM

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

36 Wed 4/22 Queen of Peace, 6:30PM
-Potluck dinner celebration                

[Wed 4/29  No class]

37 Sat 5/2 Cathedral Parish Hall 9:15AM
-Saturday Catechesis part 4 of 4: "Church" w/ Fr. Mariusz
I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

[Wed 5/6 No class]

[Sun 5/10 Adult Confirmation, 5PM Mass (for those preparing on separate track]

38 Wed 5/13 Queen of Peace 6:30PM

[Wed 5/20 No class]

39 Wed 5/27 Queen of Peace 6:30PM

40 Graduation Sun 5/31 Cathedral: TBD
-Pentecost mass



2020 Catechumens & Candidates:



"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. Here's the schedule for this year's faith formation process:


People journeying through the RCIA process need sponsors and community support to help them grow in faith. The RCIA team of sponsors help guide, support and instruct those discerning whether to become members of our Catholic community. Team members share their faith with inquiring adults who are seeking more information about the Catholic Church, many of whom seek to celebrate one or more of the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. If you are a confirmed practicing Catholic who is interested in helping others to become Catholic, contact John Ysursa, Adult Faith Formation Facilitator, [email protected] for more information.

Sponsor Attributes

A sponsor is a friend. Being a sponsor in the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is like being a good friend. The sponsor is a companion to a prospective member of the church as he or she takes a personal faith journey to becoming Catholic.  A sponsor extends our parish's and the universal Church community's welcome and support in a personal way.

A sponsor is present. Sponsors will be asked to attend a few rites and participate. For example, if they are sponsoring a catechumen, at the beginning of Lent they will be asked to participate in the Rite of Election. Their presence is also required at the Saturday night Easter Vigil, etc. The sponsor is expected to reflect a conversion and sufficient knowledge of Christian teaching and a sense of faith and charity.

A sponsor prays.  S/he humbly recognizes that he is an instrument whom God uses to support the candidate. In prayer the sponsor learns to be open to the Lord's will and to rely upon the Spirit for guidance. As a sponsor you may be asked to introduce a catechumen or previously baptized candidate to some of the many forms of prayer in the church.

A sponsor listens. S/he knows how to listen well to the stories of others. Every person comes with a unique story, a life story that is like the gospel stories that reveal the living Christ. We must learn to listen well to the stories of others, or we will fail to recognize Christ working in them.

A sponsor is up to the spiritual challenge. Sponsors should be willing to accept the possibility of being challenged in their own faith. The candidates' personal stories, struggles, and insights have a way of stirring up within the sponsor a renewed sense of belonging to the church. After all, being Catholic means dying to self and being born again, and again, and again, in an ongoing process of conversion.

A sponsor meets some basic qualifications. S/he is at least 16 years old. S/he has received the Catholic sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation. Proof may be asked in the form of sacramental certificates. If married, has to be not only civil married but also married by the Catholic Church.


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.