How do I Become Catholic?

RCIA – A faith journey towards a deeper personal relationship with Jesus Christ through full communion with the Catholic Church leading to discipleship.

What is RCIA?

RCIA is a communal process of faith formation and conversion, by which adults can enter the Catholic Church through the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and First Holy Communion.  Those who wish to become Catholic are received into the Church every year at the the Easter Vigil Mass. While differing in name and precise execution, this process is one of the oldest in the Church.

Who can register and/or participate?

Anyone over the age of 18 can participate.  RCIA is designed for those who have not been baptized, or Christians baptized in another faith desiring full communion with the Church, or baptized Catholics who have not received catechesis for the other Sacraments of Initiation, or anyone wanting to know about Catholicism.

What does class look like?

The class setting is informal and relaxed.  Classes are held on Mondays at 7:00 pm beginning in September.  The RCIA team has been called to guide your pilgrimage of faith towards full communion with the Catholic Church.  Classes are almost always taught by one of our priests, addressing a particular topic about the Catholic faith.

How long is RCIA?

At Nativity, the process is completed over nine months beginning in September and concluding Pentecost Sunday.

When do I become initiated into (come into full communion with) the Catholic Church?

At the Easter Vigil Mass.

What do I need to bring with me?

First and foremost, bring an open mind and heart.   A journal will be helpful for notes.  All other materials will be provided.

How do I get started?

Please visit our RCIA page for complete registration details.

What if I am uncertain or need more time?

You may extend or discontinue your journey at any times.  Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you.

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