Become Catholic

People interested in joining the Catholic church usually do so through a process call Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Below is a brief description of the RCIA process.

What is RCIA?
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, or RCIA, is a series of classes that present an adult exploration of the Catholic faith. RCIA is a chance for people to learn the basics of what it means to be Catholic, to ask their questions, and to seek ways to more fully open their lives to Jesus Christ. RCIA is primarily for adults considering becoming Catholic and for Catholics who were never Confirmed. RCIA prepares men and women to make a conscious choice whether or not they want to receive the sacraments of initiation offered by the Catholic Church (Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation). At Saint Mary we offer opportunities for others to join in this process. We do this in recognition that faith is a lifelong journey, and that many people who have been Catholic their entire lives are now ready to ask new questions as adults.

What if I’m not sure I want to become a Catholic or be Confirmed?
Not a problem! In fact, we’re assuming that this is the case. Our RCIA is structured in a way that invites you to make small commitments until you’re sure you want to proceed. The initial meetings are designed to answer some basic questions, and give you a feel for what the journey will be like. After the first few classes, we’ll explore the core Christian message while beginning to answer your questions. Around December, we invite you to begin to decide where you’d like this process to take you.

If I’m already a Confirmed Catholic, is RCIA right for me?
Many of us stopped learning about our Catholic faith after we received the Sacrament of Confirmation in our early teens. However most of us don’t really pursue our spiritual journey until much later in life. It’s not uncommon for us to realize as adults that want to know more about our faith, and answers to some of the more challenging questions we may have. RCIA is an opportunity for you to really explore your faith. It is also a chance to see your faith through the eyes of people exploring it for the first time. Together we help each other grow closer to Jesus Christ.

What is the time commitment for RCIA?
Usually meetings take place once a week from early fall to a few weeks following Easter. Specific schedules are decided upon each year to suit the needs for the participants.

I still have questions. Who can I talk to?
Just contact Deacon Bob Salvestrini. (203-438-2761 or

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