Becoming Catholic at St. Patrick

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.

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

To learn more, please contact:

Father Raymund Snyder, O.P.
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Becoming a Godparent/Sponsor

If you and are interested in getting involved as a sponsor, please contact Fr. Raymund. 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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