RCIA starts on September 8, 2019 after the 7pm mass!

Do you want to learn more about the Roman Catholic Church?  

Have you been thinking of joining the Roman  Catholic Church?  

No matter where you are on the spectrum of the spiritual journey, we welcome you, and are excited for you to be a part of this year's RCIA CLASS!


 No matter where you are in your faith journey, RCIA is a great way to explore these and other fundamental questions of life, purpose & meaning.  You will learn a lot in a relaxed atmosphere and find the classes very interesting and enjoyable.  

The Rite of Christian Initiation Of Adults, Or RCIA, begins Sunday evening, September 10 from 8:00 PM TO 8:50 PM. and is every Sunday after that until Easter (except for the Sunday during Christmas break).


Do you have questions or want to learn more? Simply email stpaul@stpauluniversityparish.com

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and Children (RCIA/RCIC) is a process through which men, women and children are initiated into the Catholic Church. This is a process involving discernment and stages of conversion, which lead to sacramental initiation. It is the parish community, through its witness, worship, service and catechesis that offers the invitation and support necessary for this initiation. The process is open to all persons seeking to join the Catholic Church or wanting to learn more about the Catholic faith. There are also numerous roles to be filled by Catholics who wish to share their love of Christ and His Church through service to others.


When is rcia?                                                                                                                   rcia meets every sunday night from 8:00 pm to 8:50 pm (it's a bit shorter than most other rcia programs, simply because we try to stick with a college schedule and make it convenient by scheduling it on sunday nights!  

What is RCIA?
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is designed for adults who after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts.  By God's help they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and at the proper time will receive the sacraments.

Can I come just to ask questions, without making any commitments?
Certainly. The period of inquiry (Precatechumenate) is designed specifically for asking lots of questions, learning, and exploring the Catholic Faith without any obligation to continue. Inquirers meet in parishioner’s homes or at church on a regular basis for discussion and sharing about Catholic Christianity. New inquiry groups begin periodically throughout the year.

What if I decide I want to become a Catholic?
If during this period of inquiry, you feel that God is calling you to the Catholic Church, you will be welcomed into the Catechumenate, through the Rite of Acceptance. The Rite of Acceptance is celebrated on the first sunday of advent, as we begin a new church year, it's an opportunity to see a new chapter also in your own spiritual life.

Once one joins the catechumenate, that person is a member of the Church, although not a fully initiated member. During the Catechumenate, catechumens (unbaptized) and candidates (baptized) celebrate the liturgy each Sunday, study the Catholic Faith, and are formed spiritually through various liturgical rites.

What about attendance?
Attendance is required at weekly Sunday classes between the two sunday evening Masses, particularly those who desire to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church.  this is so that we can be certain you are provided with adequate opportunity to truly learn the faith before deciding to enter into the church.  we cannot love who we do not know.  

What if I am civilly married, divorced and remarried, or just divorced?
If you were civilly married, the Church will bless or "validate" your marriage. This is known as con-validation. If you were divorced and are now remarried, the pastor and parochial vicar will work with you and do everything to make sure you can complete the annulment process, and that process is nothing to be afraid of.  we will bend over backwards to help you!

If you are divorced but not remarried, no annulment is required unless you have remarried or desire to remarry in the future!

An appointment with one of the priests is necessary for the annulment process.

Who helps me through RCIA?
Our RCIA is generally led by the Priests who serve the university parish, and serve RCIA teachers, and laity who supply hospitality, food and drinks!  Sponsors share this journey of faith with you and help you to become an active and vital part of our Catholic family. 

Is there a fee?
There is no charge for becoming a member of the Catholic Church.

How do I start?
If you are unbaptized or a baptized Christian of another faith, and interested in learning more about the Catholic Church please contact the parish office at 316-684-6896