Interested in Becoming Catholic?

We are glad that you are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith. Below, we have tried to answer the most frequently asked questions about the process. If you need more information, please contact our Evangelization office contact person at the left.

How do I find out about Catholicism?
If you are interested in finding out more about the Catholic faith, you can explore the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the official summary of our faith.

What if I think I want to become Catholic?
Go to Mass and talk with our parishioners. Our parish priests and deacons will be happy to talk with you about becoming Catholic. Please remember that Sunday is a very busy time for them however, and it may be best to make an appointment to see them during the week. If you decide that you want to become Catholic, you will participate in a process called the Rite of Christian Initiation, or RCIA as it is sometimes referred to. In RCIA, you will learn about the teachings of Jesus as the Catholic Church has handed them on and also have the opportunity to participate in the life of the parish through service and prayer.

What does initiation into the Catholic Church entail?
If you have not been baptized, the Christian initiation process prepares you to become a Catholic Christian through the sacraments of Christian initiation: baptism, confirmation and holy Communion. If you have been baptized in another Christian community, the initiation process prepares you to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church by celebrating the sacraments of confirmation and holy Communion.

I’m a baptized Catholic. Is RCIA for me?
If you have been baptized as an infant, but have not celebrated the sacraments of confirmation and holy Communion, the RCIA program would be appropriate for you. If you are an inactive Catholic, one that has celebrated all the sacraments of initiation, and would like to return to active participation in a parish, call the contact on the left. You may also find helpful information on the “Once Catholic” Web site, which you can visit at www.oncecatholic.org.

How long does it take to become Catholic?
The RCIA preparation usually lasts for several months. Classes can begin at any time.  RCIA candidates for all three sacraments of initiation will typically celebrate the sacraments during the Easter Vigil liturgy on Holy Saturday.

What if I change my mind?
Seeking information about the Catholic faith will not commit or oblige you to become Catholic. We encourage you to learn as much about the faith and take as much time as you need to make this decision. While we love the Catholic faith, and hope that you will also come to love it, we will not pressure anyone to make such an important decision.