Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) will begin sessions on Monday, Sept. 14 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in the social hall. These sessions are to help adults/teens who are wanting to learn more about the Catholic Faith and potentially join the Catholic Church. They are informative, informal gatherings of people to learn about the traditions of the Catholic Church. Please share this with someone you might know who is interested in our faith. Invite them to come to hear about it. There is no pressure, just discussions, and talks about what we as Catholics practice and believe. It is a great way to learn the truth and dispel the misunderstandings of our faith and practices. Please call the rectory at 740-373-3643 if you have questions about the process.

RCIA sponsors: There is a need for Catholics, members of our church, who would like to attend RCIA and help to sponsor a person going through this journey of faith. If you are interested, please come to the sessions starting Sept. 14 or contact Cathy Rauch at 740-896-2901.

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, 2019Introduction to RCIA by Cathy Rauch
September 23, 2019Tour of the Basilica (no audio available)
September 30, 2019Prayer by Jane Schilling
October 7, 2019Introduction to Scripture and Tradition by Fr. Mike
October 14, 2019The Old Testament by Fr. Mike
October 21, 2019The Person of Jesus by Fr. Josh
October 28, 2019The New Testament by Matt Lupardus (Audio)
Presentation Slides – The New Testament (pdf)
November 4, 2019Trinity and Faith by Fr. Mike
(recording included in the 11-18-19 audio file below)
November 11, 2019The Mass – Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy
of the Eucharist by Fr. Josh, Deacon Lee
& Cathy Rauch
November 18, 2019Trinity & History and Development of the Church by Fr. Mike
November 25, 2019Advent and the Life of Grace by Matt Lupardus
December 2, 2019Mary and the Saints by Cecelia Cottrill
December 9, 2019Introduction to the Sacraments; the Sacrament of Baptism by Fr. Josh
December 16, 2019Potluck and Prayer – Bringing Christ into Christmas
January 6, 2020Confirmation & Prayer by Matt Lupardus
January 13, 2020The Sacrament of Healing by Fr. Mike & Fr. Josh
January 20, 2020Vocations (Part 1): Priesthood, Diaconate, and Marriage by Fr. Mike, Deacon Lee, Ken & Janet Schilling
January 27, 2020Vocations (Part 2): Single & Religious Life by Cecelia Cottrill & Sister Joan
February 3, 2020Christian Living/Morality (Part 1) by Fr. Mark  1st Hour Recording   2nd Hour Recording
February 10, 2020Christian Living/Morality (Part 2) Small Groups
February 17, 2020The Sacrament of the Eucharist (Part 1) by Fr. Mike
February 24, 2020The Season of Lent by Janet Schilling & Deacon Lee
March 2, 2020The Eucharist (Part 2) by Cathy Rauch
March 9, 2020Angels and Demons by Fr. Josh
March 16, 2020Sacrament of Reconciliation by Cathy Rauch
March 23, 2020Penance Service
March 30, 2020The Passion Movie
April 6, 2020Holy Week & the Easter Season by Matt Lupardus
April 13, 2020Holy Week & Easter Season – Slideshow
April 20, 2020Death, Judgement, Heaven & Hell by Fr. Mike
April 27, 2020New Life in the Fullness of Christ by Fr. Josh & Matt Lupardus