Becoming Catholic

Have questions about the Catholic faith? Thinking of joining the Catholic Church? Decided to join the Catholic Church?

If so please stop by the Faith Formation Table during Registration Weekend, August 26th and 27th, to register or pick up an information packet on Becoming Catholic through our Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

Weekly sessions will take place on Sundays from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, following the 11:30 am Mass, in Room 106. Sessions run Sept. through May.

Children of catechetical age (usually age 7 and older) should be enrolled in our children’s religious education classes with their school grade class and will be given additional instruction.

There is NO commitment required as you take this opportunity to explore the Catholic Church over the Inquiry Session period. For information about the RCIA Inquiry or the RCIA process, please view the pdf links below and/or contact Teresa Hurd, Faith Formation Director at hurd@stcas.org

Thinking of Joining the Catholic Church (pdf)


Each year on Holy Saturday during the Easter Vigil,  thousands of are baptized into the Catholic Church in the United States. Parishes welcome these new Catholics through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Listed below are some questions and answers about RCIA from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

What are the steps of RCIA?

Prior to beginning the RCIA process, an individual comes to some knowledge of Jesus Christ, considers his or her relationship with Jesus Christ and is usually attracted in some way to the Catholic Church. This period is known as the Period of Evangelization and Precatechumenate. For some, this process involves a long period of searching; for others, a shorter time. Often, contact with people of faith and a personal faith experience lead people to inquire about the Catholic Church. After a conversation with a priest, or RCIA director, the person, known as an “inquirer,” may seek acceptance into the Order of Catechumens, through the Rite of Acceptance. During this Rite, the inquirer stands amidst the parish community and states that he or she wants to become a baptized member of the Catholic Church. The parish assembly affirms this desire and the inquirer becomes a Catechumen (read more).