Have you ever wondered how a person becomes a member of the Catholic Church?
Who Are Inquirers?
Adults who are seeking meaning in their lives and are open to the message of Jesus Christ are inquirers.
Candidates for the RCIA process which forms one into a disciple of Christ are:
Those of another Christian denomination who wish to become Catholic
Baptized Catholics who have not been instructed in the faith and wish to complete their initiation sacrament.
If you know someone who is interested in the journey of faith, please ask them to contact our Pastor, Rev. Thomas B. Shepard.
We welcome prospective candidates to consider joining us for an Inquiry Session.
R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)
The Catholic Church is rich in spirituality and tradition and attracts thousands of people each year who want to study our teachings and join our faith community. St. Thomas offers the Rite (rituals) of Christian Initiation of Adults, or RCIA, for those people in our area. This process is based on how people were brought into the Christian community during the first centuries and is open to anyone over the age of reason (about age seven).
Who can take part in this process?
Someone who is a member of another faith denomination who is feeling called to the Catholic Church
Someone who has been connected to the Catholic Church for a while but has never been baptized
Someone who has been baptized in the Catholic Church but has not received very much religious education or First Eucharist or Confirmation
A child over age seven who is connected to the church but has not been baptized.