Becoming Catholic (RCIA)
BECOMING CATHOLIC (RCIA) Schedule, 2020-21
Our current program's final phase of Mystagogy--for those already participating--has now shifted over to the Catholic group study Jesus: the Way, the Truth & the Life. Monday evenings 6:30 - 8:30 beginning April 26th.
CONVERTS: For those who are considering becoming Catholic for the first time, our new RCIA program will commence October 2021. Check back soon for more information but below is sample of what you can expect. For more information email [email protected]
REVERTS: For those already baptized Catholic who missed the sacrament of Confirmation and are already actively attending mass, etc. we have another alternative. Please email [email protected]
------ Period 1 of 4: Inquiry / Pre-Catechumenate -----
00 Wed 09/23 Optional informative Q & A online Zoom session.
-Email [email protected] for link
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"
-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"
-Favorite depiction of Christ
-Discussion of Vogt's ch. 1
06 Wed 11/4. Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-This Sunday's scripture reflections click on> A32 (Perseverance in Prayer)
-Catechism of the Catholic Church
-Discussion of Vogt's ch. 2
-Favorite depiction of Christ (cont.)
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 5PM
-Catechumen: Rite of Acceptance; Candidate: Rite of Welcoming
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
-Catholics & Mary w/ Bill Doyle
-Praying the Rosary
[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
-Early Church Fathers w/ Braden Stauts
12 Wed 12/16 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-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> B Baptism of the Lord
-Discussion of Vogt ch. 6
-Sacraments of Initiation w/ Deacon Bill Burns [ Handout on the Sacraments ]
14 Wed 1/13 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Click on this Sunday's scripture link reflections> B 2nd Sunday
-Discussion of Vogt's ch. 7
-The Catholic Mass videos: click on> Bishop Robert Barron & "The Veil Removed"
-Walk through of the Mass in the Cathedral w/ Deacon Derrick
15 Wed 1/20 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Click on this Sunday's scripture link reflections> B 3rd Sunday
-Criticisms of the Church: Vogt's ch. 7
-Sex abuse scandal w/ Bill Doyle
16 Wed 1/27 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Click on this Sunday's scripture reflections> B 4th Sunday
-Discussion of Vogt ch. 8: True Forgiveness
-Martin Luther & the Protestant Reformation [video] w/ Dan Brady
17 Wed 2/3 Queen of Peace, 6:30PM
-Click on this Sunday's scripture link reflections> B 5th Sunday
-Discussion of Vogt ch. 9: Cherishes Beauty
-Catholic Convert: GK Chesterton w/ Colt Van Eaton
------- Period 3: Purification & Enlightenment (Lent) -------
First week of Lent--Personal Spiritual Retreat. Suggested you attend:
19 Wed 2/17 [FYI click on>] Ash Wednesday: any of the Cathedral services 7AM, 12:15PM, 5:30 PM, 7PM Spanish
[No class--personal spiritual retreat]
20 Fri 2/19 [FYI click on>] Stations of the Cross @ 5:30 in the Cathedral
21 Wed 2/24 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Anointing of Catechumens w/ Fr. Mariusz
-Preparation for upcoming Rites
-Discussion of Vogt ch. 11: It's for Everybody
22 Sat 2/27 Rite of Sending: Cathedral Mass @ 5PM
- Rite of Sending (pdf)
23 Th 3/4 Rite of Election w/ Bishop Peter @ 7PM in the Cathedral
-Rite of Election(Catechumen) & Call Continuing Conversion(Candidate) (pdf)
24 Sat 3/6 Scrutiny I Cathedral Mass @ 5PM (w/ sponsor)
-First Scrutiny (pdf)
25 Wed 3/10 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Fundamentals of the Catholic Faith w/ Deacon Derrick
26 Sun 3/14 Scrutiny II Cathedral Mass @ 5PM (w/ sponsor)
-Second Scrutiny (pdf)
27 Wed. 3/17 Chrism Mass 10AM @ Cathedral
28 Wed 3/17 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Discussion of Confirmation patron saint
-St. Patrick's Day celebration
[Wed. 24-No meeting] continue click on>Ten Day Solo Prayer Retreat
Fri 3/26 Candidates: Confession with Fr. Mariusz after Stations of the Cross (about 6PM) downstairs in chapel.
[Catechumens your first confession will be arranged after Easter]
-Click on> Going to Confession
30 Wed 3/31 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Entering Into the Triduum (pdf)
-Sacraments of Initiation / Easter Vigil preparation
31 Sat. Apr 4/3 Rehearsal 10AM @ Cathedral
-Done before noon
32 Sat. Apr 4/3 Easter Vigil 8PM @ Cathedral
-Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist & Confirmation
Period 4: Mystagogy
33 Wed 4/7 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Station of Lifelong Conversion: Sacraments
34 Wed 4/14 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Magisterium w/ Deacon Bill Burns
Our program has now shifted over to the Catholic group study Jesus: the Way, the Truth & the Life. Monday evenings 6:30 - 8:30 beginning April 26th.
-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.
-"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]
Chrism Mass (pdf)
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.
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.