RCIA is the process by which adults and teenagers become members of the Catholic Church. RCIA is for people of all walks of life:  people raised in other faiths; people who were baptized Catholic but were not raised Catholic; people with no religious background at all. The RCIA is designed to meet you where you are, and to walk with you on your journey of faith.

RCIA is a journey of faith.  It is a time to learn about God, and your relationship with God.  It is a time to learn about the beliefs and practices of the Catholic Church, and to meet supportive and loving members of St. Mary Parish.  It is a time for personal growth and deepening of faith.

RCIA meetings take place every Monday night from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, from September through May.

Should you decide to join the Catholic Church, you will be brought into full membership during the celebration of the Easter Vigil, which takes place the evening before Easter Sunday.  The Easter Vigil is an amazing celebration of the Catholic faith; no one comes away from it without being touched by God’s grace.  At the Vigil you will receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism*, Confirmation*, and Holy Communion), making you a full member of the Catholic Church.

(*The Catholic Church does not repeat these sacraments if they are performed according to the form recognized by the Catholic Church.)


Am I there alone?
Never – you will have a sponsor, usually a spouse, family member or friend.  But, the parish has many volunteers who will sponsor you, and will be at your side each week and at every ceremony.

May I simply attend to learn about the Catholic faith, or do I have to commit to becoming Catholic? Certainly, you may simply attend and learn.  There is no pressure to make a decision until the evening of the Easter Vigil.  You will know when the decision is right for you.

Isn’t September to Easter a long time? RCIA participants are always amazed how fast the time goes.  You will be part of a very close group.  Many life-long friendships are formed in RCIA.

What actually goes on during our Monday night meetings? After a brief prayer, a RCIA team member will present a topic of our faith.  This is followed by refreshments provided by parish members.  The second part of the evening usually includes discussion and time for questions and answers.  We always end with a prayer.

How can I get more information or sign up? Contact Cathy Rauch, the Director of our RCIA Program, at 896-2901.


Audio Files: Recent RCIA presentations are archived for participants who missed the sessions, and for anyone else interested.
(Be patient! Audio files can be large; it may take several minutes.)

September 16, 2019 Introduction to RCIA by Cathy Rauch
September 23, 2019 Tour of the Basilica (no audio available)
September 30, 2019 Prayer by Jane Schilling
October 7, 2019 Introduction to Scripture and Tradition by Fr. Mike
October 14, 2019 The Old Testament by Fr. Mike
October 21, 2019 The Person of Jesus by Fr. Josh
October 28, 2019

The New Testament by Matt Lupardus (Audio)

Presentation Slides – The New Testament (pdf) 

November 4, 2019 Trinity and Faith by Fr. Mike (recording included in the 11-18-19 audio file below)
November 11, 2019 The Mass – Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy of the Eucharist by Fr. Josh, Deacon Lee & Cathy Rauch
November 18, 2019 Trinity & History and Development of the Church by Fr. Mike
November 25, 2019 Advent and the Life of Grace by Matt Lupardus
December 2, 2019 Mary and the Saints by Cecelia Cottrill
December 9, 2019 Introduction to the Sacraments; the Sacrament of Baptism by Fr. Josh
December 16, 2019 Potluck and Prayer – Bringing Christ into Christmas
January 6, 2020 Confirmation & Prayer by Matt Lupardus
January 13, 2020 The Sacrament of Healing by Fr. Mike & Fr. Josh
January 20, 2020 Vocations (Part 1): Priesthood, Diaconate, and Marriage by Fr. Mike, Deacon Lee, Ken & Janet Schilling
January 27, 2020 Vocations (Part 2): Single & Religious Life by Cecelia Cottrill & Sister Joan
February 3, 2020

Christian Living/Morality (Part 1) by Fr. Mark  1st Hour Recording   2nd Hour Recording

February 10, 2020 Christian Living/Morality (Part 2) Small Groups
February 17, 2020 The Sacrament of the Eucharist (Part 1) by Fr. Mike
February 24, 2020 The Season of Lent by Janet Schilling & Deacon Lee
March 2, 2020 The Eucharist (Part 2) by Cathy Rauch
March 9, 2020 Angels and Demons by Fr. Josh
March 16, 2020 Sacrament of Reconciliation by Cathy Rauch
March 23, 2020 Penance Service

March 30, 2020

April 6, 2020

April 13, 2020

April 20, 2020

April 27, 2020

The Passion Movie

Holy Week & the Easter Season by Matt Lupardus

Holy Week & Easter Season – Slideshow

No Class

Death, Judgement, Heaven & Hell by Fr. Mike

New Life in the Fullness of Christ by Fr. Josh & Matt Lupardus