Interested in Becoming Catholic?

Want to learn more? Start at any time!

You do not need to wait until September to begin your journey.

"Do you understand what you are reading?" "How can I unless someone guides me?"
"Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this scripture he told him the good news of Jesus" (Acts 8:30-31).

The Holy Catholic Church is missionary by her very nature and continues to respond to the Lord's command to his disciples "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (Mt 28:19). We, the priests and parishioners of St. Patrick seek to share and spread the Catholic Faith as an essential part of living it out. Our program for the "Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults" (RCIA) embodies this in a critical way since it seeks to share the Catholic Faith with adults who have not yet received the fullness of teaching and practice. Since St. Patrick's is a ministry of the Order of Preachers, the RCIA program is accentuated by the Order's purpose of preaching and the salvation of souls.

RCIA is catch-all term for the process the preparation that participants undergo. This preparation is a combination of personal conversion, catechetical instruction, prayer, liturgical rites, and integration into the larger parish community. Participants in RCIA include inquirers who are simply learning more about the faith; catechumens and candidates who have expressed their desire to become Catholic; and those baptized Catholic but who require adult instruction to prepare for one or more of the sacraments.

Five ways to start your journey with the right attitude.

Many people are interested in becoming Catholic, but once they start inquiring, they can get easily overwhelmed with anxious concerns: Am I really ready for such a big commitment? What will my family think if I become Catholic? Will I lose friends over this? What if my spouse or fiancé is opposed?

1. Surrender Fear

In the face of these worrisome questions, take consolation from the Lord’s words to the apostles: "Do not be afraid." Why does the Lord Jesus say "Do not be afraid?" Because he says "It is I." In time, you will come to hear the voice of the Lord speaking to you personally through the experiences that RCIA offers.

2. Respond to God's Inspirations

God always takes the initiative in drawing souls to himself! If you find yourself looking into RCIA, do not see it as just some passing interest. Rather, recognize God is at work! Imagine him knocking on the door of your heart. It is important to answer right away. He deserves a swift response! You never know how many times he will knock or how long he will wait for you to answer.

Perhaps you already sense that God has been speaking to you in a profound way—even just to lead you to look up information on the Catholic Church. This is how he works, he moves the heart with invisible invitations and then gives you the strength to say yes to them. You may have thought questions like these: "If I keep learning, will I see that the Catholic faith is true? Will it make me happier than I thought possible? Will I actually experience God’s love through the sacraments and his Church?"

3. Don't try to make up your mind right away

Some people mistakenly think they must decide everything in advance. Becoming Catholic is inherently gradual. Before someone can decide whether to become Catholic they need a few months to learn what it means to be Catholic. It is not mere membership to a church congregation and it is also not just deciding to agree to a list of beliefs. It is about forging a relationship with God in the deepest part of our being. Everyone needs time to hear the Word of God spoken to them and to have the truths of the faith explained. No one can absorb it all at once. Give yourself time.

Have you ever had someone tell you "no" before you even got a chance to finish asking your question? Frustrating, right? Deciding against the Catholic faith before you begin RCIA is like saying, "no" before you have given God a chance to finish his question. It's like RSVPing negative before reading the invitation to the party.

4. Don't wait for the "perfect Time"

So many people put off becoming Catholic (sometimes for years) because they feel they need to wait for something else to happen first. People think they are too busy or that they need to wait until they can "do it right". Or, people feel held back by others and tell themselves "I can only become Catholic once my family or my spouse is completely comfortable with it." Do not burden yourself with these extra requirements. God does not demand these things of you, so don’t demand them of yourself. There will never be a perfectly convenient time to begin. If you wait for the perfect time, it may never come. God has a way of inconveniencing us to bring us something much more important than convenience: Himself!

RCIA is not just one more activity to try to cram into a busy schedule. Though it involves a certain time commitment, many people experience RCIA as something that makes everything else more manageable. It actually brings peace and unity in the midst of a chaotic schedule. It is an opening up to God’s strength and grace.

5. Pray every morning in silence for at least five minutes

God can catch us in the morning before we are frazzled with the demands of the day. Give him some time that is just his so he can work in your heart.

To learn more and to begin, click here to schedule your own appointment over zoom with Fr. Raymund and a member of the RCIA team. Select "RCIA New Candidate Meeting," find a time and provide the background information. It will take you about 15 minutes.

Or, feel free to contact:

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Hallmarks of St. Patrick's RCIA program

While the essentials of RCIA remain the same throughout the Catholic Church, St. Patrick's RCIA program is blessed to have the following hallmarks:

  • Emphasis on personal conversion
  • Instruction by Dominican friars
  • Ability to begin the process at any time
  • Emphasis on formation in the Church's tradition of liturgy, prayer, and devotions
  • Sponsors from the parish
  • Integration into active parish groups
  • Emphasis on the saints as our "heavenly sponsors"
  • Dominican Credo Curriculum

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Share this information with them and encourage them to contact Fr. Raymund and the RCIA team.

Becoming a Godparent/Sponsor

If you are interested in getting involved as a sponsor, please complete this form. Sponsors encourage and support an individual candidate along their journey. The impact of a sponsor can be deep and lasting as they assist the candidate not only during the RCIA process but afterwards. Sponsors are required to attend the Rite of Acceptance, the Rite of Election, and the Easter Vigil (or Mass of initiation) with their candidate. At St. Patrick's the sponsors chosen are generally parishioners so that they can help their candidates integrate into the parish by attending Mass with them, inviting them to events and introducing them to other parishioners. Sponsors are welcome to attend the RCIA class sessions along with their candidate; however, this is not required since a sponsor's most important work actually takes place outside the class sessions.


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