Welcome to the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)!
If you are interested in becoming Catholic or are Catholic and want to be confirmed, this is the place! Many people from a variety of backgrounds are becoming Catholic every year. Some people are attracted by the teachings and steadfastness of the truth and morals. For some it is the prayers and spiritual life that they love. Yet others, it is the witness of other Catholics such as the sisters, Saint Vincent DePaul, Catholic Charities or simply the people they know.
RCIA is the process by which you can become a fully practicing Catholic. RCIA involves going to classes once a week to receive the teachings of the Catholic Church, going to Mass on Sundays and various ceremonies, culminating in the reception of the sacraments on the Easter Vigil night. There is no fee. The Book we study is the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults put together by the Bishops of the United States which we supply.
Here at St Joseph and St Mary Parishes, we meet on Sundays from 12noon to 1:30pm while the priest of the parishes gives the teachings. Questions are always welcome. The RCIA program starts in September every year and ends about four weeks after Easter. Here is the schedule for this year. If you are late coming in the season, we can plan some make-up classes. Do not be afraid to call to see what can be done. The meetings are held in Deleiden Hall under the offices at St. Joseph Parish.
It is expected that you would attend Mass every week and holy days of obligation along with the classes. There are some special events that are mandatory to attend (see the schedule for details). It is also expected that you read ahead of the class so you can interact in class.
Click here to find out more about the Sacraments.
Click here to go to the Diocese of Rockford web site to learn more about RCIA.