A short video about becoming Catholic
Deciding to become closer to Jesus and to follow his teachings is an intensely personal and spiritually uplifting decision. Because this spiritual journey is unique to each traveller, you might be approaching from different directions. Find the section below that applies to you to learn more about how the Church and its teachings might apply to you.
The process by which adults are initiated into the Church is known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, or RCIA. RCIA is the journey through which individuals receive instructions in the teachings of the Catholic faith and are prepared to receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist).The RCIA is intended for those who are:
- Unbaptized Persons at the age of reason (7 years and older) who follow a process to help them grow in awareness to God's call to conversion as well as ways to respond to that call. They are considered catechumens.
- Baptized in Another Christian Church Those catechized and uncatechized persons from a faith tradition other than Catholic who are seeking full communion with the Roman Catholic Church (Eucharist and Confirmation). They are considered "candidates".
- Baptized, but uncatechized, Catholic Adults Persons who were baptized as infants in the Catholic Church, but not brought up within the faith. These adults will be prepared to celebrate the sacraments of penance, confirmation and eucharist. They are also considered "candidates".
Adult Catholics who were baptized and received their First Eucharist in the Catholic Church and are interested in becoming Confirmed should contact the parish office.
In the case of children who have reached the age of reason (age 7), consult the pastor for information about Baptism and the other Sacraments of Initiation.