Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a practice that dates back to the earliest years of the Church.  Through RCIA non-Christians are brought into the Church through the Sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation.  The program is also the process by which Christians from another denomination enter into Full Communion with the Catholic Church through the same education and preparation, and then receiving their First Communion, and Confirmation.

Are you searching and have found the fullness of Truth in the teachings of the Church?  Are you Catholic and never completed your initiation Sacraments?  Are you curious and just want to learn more?  Come check out RCIA at St John’s.  The program meets twice per month on Sundays from September to May – but inquiries about the program can come any time!

Register for RCIA today or learn about more information by contacting Joshua Schaffner, our director of  Catechesis & Discipleship.  Sessions begin Sunday, September 14.


Here’s what a few individuals have to say about why you or someone you know should consider taking the RCIA classes: 

“Do it to encounter the purest and most genuine love. The program does a great job of not only teaching the fullness of God’s love, but, through catechesis, the church, and the sacraments, offering the path to knowing and more greatly sharing in that divine love.”  Christianne

“Entering into full communion with the Church is a privilege and one of the most important commitments of one’s adult life. RCIA is a great opportunity to learn more about Catholic teaching and how to apply it to our lives in order to more fully live out our calling as Christ’s Body in the world.”  Jonathan & Kristen

“I had quite a few misconceptions of the Catholic Church from my Protestant upbringing (i.e. the Pope, Mary, the Saints, confession, the Eucharist). RCIA teaches on all of it and now those things I never believed are what I hold most dear.”  Jessica

“I like how welcoming the parishioners and staff at St. John’s have been since my first visit. The atmosphere is very positive and comfortable.  I grew up Lutheran and after some inquiry and research I knew I wanted to join the Catholic church. I was excited to strengthen my relationship with Christ and surround myself with people that have the same desire.” Brandon

“RCIA not only showed me the beauty of the Church, but opened my life up to so many wonderful people that have made St John’s a home for me.  I can’t imagine my life without this parish and the faith the people here have shared with me.”  Anonymous

“My wife first introduced me to the Catholic Church in high school when she invited me to join her for Mass.  I was excited to become Catholic because I would be able to participate in the sacraments.  Being at St John’s is very inspiring because it is connected with the college campus and there are many young adults that actively participate in the life of the church.” Justin

“RCIA was not only my way to become a member of the Catholic family, but also a way to achieve a deeper understanding of the Bible.  I have been able to use my experiences in RCIA to witness to other people in my life about why we (Catholics) do the things we do.”  Laura