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 10, 2018 Introduction to RCIA by Cathy Rauch
September 17, 2018 Tour of the Basilica (no audio available)
September 24, 2018 Prayer by Matt Lupardus
October 1, 2018 Introduction to Scripture and Tradition by Fr. Mike
October 8, 2018 The Old Testament by Fr. Mike
October 15, 2018 The Person of Jesus by Fr. Josh
October 22, 2018 The New Testament by Fr. Josh
October 29, 2018 Trinity and Faith by Fr. Mike
November 5, 2018 The Mass – Liturgy of the word and Liturgy of the Eucharist by Fr. Josh, Deacon Lee and Cathy Rauch
(No Audio Available)
November 12, 2018 History and Development of the Church by Fr. Mike
November 19, 2018 Advent and the Life of Grace by Matt Lupardus
November 26, 2018 Mary and the Saints by Janet Schilling
December 3, 2018 Introduction to the Sacraments; the Sacrament of Baptism by Fr. Josh
December 10, 2018 Confirmation and Prayer (Part 2) by Matt Lupardus
January 7, 2019 Vocations (Part 1): Priesthood, Diaconate and Marriage by Fr. Mike, Deacon Lee, and Ken and Janet Schilling
January 14, 2019 Vocations (Part 2): Single Life and Religious Life by Debbie Lazorik and Sister Joan Marie
January 21, 2019 The Sacraments of Healing by Fr. Josh and Fr. Mike
January 28, 2019 Christian Living/Morality (Part 1) by Fr. Mark Moore –  1st Hour Recording  –  2nd Hour Recording
February 11, 2019 Christian Living/Morality (Part 2) by Team (small groups)
February 18, 2019 Sacrament of Eucharist (Part 1) by Fr. Mike
February 25, 2019 The Season of Lent by Janet Schilling and Deacon Lee
March 4, 2019 Sacrament of Eucharist (Part 2) by Cathy Rauch
March 11, 2019 Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell by Fr. Mike
March 18, 2019 Angels and Demons by Fr. Josh
March 25, 2019 Sacrament of Reconciliation by Cathy Rauch
April 15, 2019 Easter Season and Practices by Matt Lupardus
April 29, 2019 New Life in the Fullness of Christ by Cathy Rauch