Why should I become Catholic?
Every year in the United States and throughout the world thousands are welcomed fully into the Catholic Church. For many, this process begins with a question: Why should I become Catholic? Each Sunday, starting in September those curious about the Catholic Church and the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) are welcome to join us at 9 a.m. in the St. Ambrose Center. These casual, no-obligation gatherings are an opportunity to ask questions about the Catholic faith and learn about how to join the Church.
Any adult who is interested in entering fully into the Catholic Church may continue to join us every Sunday through the Easter season. Those adults preparing for Christian Initiation are guided through a real appreciation of the unity we share as one body affirming our most treasured possession – our Faith as expressed each Sunday at Eucharist (the Mass).
The RCIA has several stages that begin with a period basic instruction and proceeds through the catechumenate (period of formation and more developed instruction) that lasts for about a year. Baptized persons from other Christian Churches, and those who have never been Baptized and who are interested in becoming members of the Catholic Church are welcome. Parishioners who are team-members in the parish RCIA process participate in the various steps leading to the Easter Vigil and Mystagogy (the follow-up instruction and sharing during the 50 days after Easter).
All are welcome.
Frequently asked questions about prior marriages and annulments. If you think you will need an annulment, please speak with our RCIA staff as soon as possible.
For more information
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
Holy Saturday - Saturday, April 20, 8:30 p.m. Those receiving Sacraments, Candidates and Catechumens, should arrive by 8 p.m.