Becoming Catholic (RCIA)


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.

What this means is that 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. So if you're humble enough to know you're imperfect, then consider joining fellow travelers. Christ didn't chose the gifted; He gifted the chosen. Come join us on this journey.  

To register CLICK HERE.


Schedule, 2021 - 22

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.

------ 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: 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: "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 faith witness:
 Fr. Schmidt & "Authority" 

04 Wed 10/27.  Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Bible moment & the Mass: "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
-Bible moment & the Mass: "Lord, Have Mercy"
-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
  -Catechumen: Rite of Acceptance; Candidate: Rite of Welcoming

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

-HTC: ch.12 – Sin: Original & Personal & ch.13 – The Sacraments of the Church
-Sponsor consideration
-Catholic faith witness: Ignatius of Antioch (Braden Stauts) & Debunking Catholic Myths 

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

08 Wed 11/17.  Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Catholics & Mary w/ Bill Doyle
-HTC: ch.09 – Mary, Mother of Jesus and of the Church & ch.10 – The Saints
-Catholic faith witness: Catholic Answers

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

09 Wed 12/1 Queen of Peace 6:30PM 
-Vogt: Introduction & Conclusion
-Catholic faith witness: "Spirituality of Advent" (Bishop Barron)

10 Wed 12/8 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Discussion of Vogt's ch. 1
-Catholic faith witness: click on> Peter Kreeft "Seven Reasons to be Catholic"

11 Wed 12/15 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Discussion of Vogt's ch. 2
-Catholic faith witness: 

     [Wed. 12/22 & 12/29: No classes]

12 Wed 1/5 Queen of Peace, 6:30PM
-Discussion of Vogt ch. 3
-Catholic faith witness: 

13 Wed 1/12 Queen of Peace, 6:30PM
-Discussion of Vogt ch. 4
-Catholic faith witness: 

14 Wed 1/19 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Discussion of Vogt ch. 5
-Catholic faith witness: 

15 Wed 1/26 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Discussion of Vogt ch. 6
-Catholic faith witness: 

16 Wed 2/2 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Criticisms of the Church: Vogt's ch. 7
-Sex abuse scandal w/ Bill Doyle
-Catholic faith witness: 

17 Wed 2/9 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Discussion of Vogt ch. 8: True Forgiveness
-Martin Luther & the Protestant Reformation [video]
-Catholic faith witness: 

18 Wed 2/16 Queen of Peace, 6:30PM 
-Discussion of Vogt ch. 9: Cherishes Beauty
-Catholic faith witness: 

19 Wed 2/23 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Discussion of Vogt ch. 10: Lifts Us Up
-Decision point: Let's do this!
-Catholic faith witness: 

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

20 Wed 3/2 [FYI click on>] Ash Wednesday: any of the Cathedral services 7AM, 12:15PM, 5:30 PM, 7PM Spanish
-HTC: Section III Prayers
-Catholic prayer witness:  
-Discussion of Confirmation patron saint

  21 Fri 3/4 [FYI click on>] Stations of the Cross @ 5:30 in the Cathedral

22 Wed 3/9 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Catholic prayer witness:
-HTC: ch.07 Grace and the Theological Virutes
-Pray the Rosary 

23 Wed 3/16 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Discussion of Vogt ch. 11: It's for Everybody
-Catholic prayer witness: 

     24 Rite of Sending: Cathedral Mass @ TBA
    - Rite of Sending (pdf) 

     25 Rite of Election w/ Bishop Peter @ TBA in the Cathedral
    -Rite of Election(Catechumen) & Call Continuing Conversion(Candidate) (pdf)

     26 Sun 3/20 Scrutiny I Cathedral Mass @ __ (w/ sponsor)
     -First Scrutiny (pdf)

[Wed 3/23 no class-click on> Solo Prayer Retreat]

     27 Sun 3/27 Scrutiny II Cathedral Mass @ __ (ideally w/ sponsor)  
     -Second Scrutiny (pdf)

28 Chrism Mass TBA @ Cathedral

29 Wed 3/30 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Catholic prayer witness:

     30 Sun 4/3 Scrutiny III Cathedral Mass @ __ (ideally w/ sponsor)
      -Third Scrutiny (pdf)

31 Wed 4/6 Presentation of the Lord's Prayer

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 

32 Wed 4/13 Queen of Peace 6:30PM
-Entering Into the Triduum (pdf)
-Sacraments of Initiation / Easter Vigil preparation

33 Sat. Apr 4/16 Rehearsal 10AM @ Cathedral
     -Done before noon

34 Sat. Apr 4/16 Easter Vigil 8PM @ Cathedral
     -Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist & Confirmation


Period 4: Mystagogy

HTC: ch.14 – Human Destiny

HTC: Section IV Living the Faith

35 Wed 4/20. Dinner celebration

36 Wed 4/27

37 Wed 5/4

38 Wed 5/11

39 Wed 5/18

40 Wed 6/1

PENTECOST SUNDAY: The birthday of the Roman Catholic Church, 33AD



-"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).