St. Michael Church offers the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults or RCIA for those interested in learning more about the Catholic Church.
Here you will get answers to your questions about Catholicism, develop your spiritual life, and find out the steps required to become integrated into the Catholic family. Attending RCIA does not imply an obligation to become Catholic. In fact, it's a great opportunity for Catholics to learn more about the Faith. RCIA typically consists of weekly meetings at the church with a small group of other adults led by a priest or deacon. The program is free of charge and there are no tests or exams. Of course, the more you contemplate the materials and participate in the discussions, the more you will benefit from the program.
I was baptized in another religion. Will I be baptized again?
The Catholic Church believes in only one baptism. If you were baptized with water in the Trinitarian formula (meaning the minister said, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”), the Catholic Church recognizes that as a valid baptism, so you will not be “baptized again.” If other words or procedures were followed, you will receive Christian baptism at the end of the program.
How long does it take to become Catholic?
The RCIA program meets weekly September through Easter, and you are brought into the Catholic Church on Holy Saturday (the evening before Easter Sunday).
Why does it take so long? Why is everything so formal?
RCIA is purposefully thorough to ensure you are well prepared and understand the wonderful graces received when you enter fully into the Church. The Catholic Church has been in existence since Jesus founded it by naming Peter the first Pope, and takes the responsibility of caring for your spiritual life very seriously. Becoming Catholic is meant to be a lifelong commitment and we want to ensure you understand the process, the Mass, and can fully receive the Sacraments the Catholic Church offers you.
I have more questions. Is there someone I can speak with about how to proceed?
We want you to feel comfortable and therefore we provide assistance as you make this important step in your journey. Please contact our RCIA Director, Deacon Rick Martin ([email protected]) and he will be happy to answer any questions you have.
If you think you may like to learn more about the RCIA program, kindly complete the Inquiry Form below, and someone will reach out to you with more information about your specific situation.