Become Catholic | RCIA

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

"The Church is communio; she is God’s communing with men in Christ and hence the communing of men with one another."
~ Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger ~

Becoming Catholic is one of life’s most profound and joyous experiences. Some are blessed enough to receive this great gift while they are infants and over time, they recognize the enormous grace that has been bestowed on them. Others enter the Catholic fold when they are older children or adults. This tract examines the joyful process by which one becomes a Catholic.

A person is brought into full communion with the Catholic Church through reception of the three sacraments of Christian initiation—Baptism, Confirmation, and the Holy Eucharist—but the process by which one becomes a Catholic can take different forms.

A person who is Baptized in the Catholic Church becomes a Catholic at that moment. One’s initiation is deepened by Confirmation and the Eucharist, but one becomes a Catholic at Baptism. This is true for children who are Baptized Catholic (and receive the other two sacraments later) and for adults who are Baptized, Confirmed, and receive the Eucharist at the same time.

Those who have been validly Baptized outside the Church become Catholics by making a profession of the Catholic faith and being formally received into the Church. This is normally followed immediately by Confirmation and the Eucharist.

Before a person is ready to be received into the Church, whether by Baptism or by profession of faith, preparation is necessary. The amount and form of this preparation depends on the individual’s circumstance. The most basic division in the kind of preparation needed is between those who are unbaptized and those who have already become Christian through baptism in another church.

For children who have reached the age of reason (age seven), entrance into the Church is governed by the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC) or Rite of Christian Initiation for Teens (RCIT).

RCIA

R.C.I.A. (Right of Christian Initiation of Adults) classes are for adults who have never been Baptized or who were Baptized in a non-Catholic church, or for adult Catholics who have not received First Communion or Confirmation. RCIA is a process of prayer, reflection, and learning for adults that allows for the continual discernment of God’s will in our lives. No matter where you are on your faith journey, there is a place for you at Holy Trinity Catholic Church!

Many people inquire about becoming Catholic for many different reasons. Phase one of the journey starts in the heart of the seeker and continues in a small inquiry group where questions are raised and discussed freely. We call it a process because, like any faith journey, each one’s pace is unique. The general process that the Catholic Church uses to initiate adults is based on the same process that the early Christians used during early centuries of Christianity. Full initiation takes place with the reception of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion.

Not ready to commit to becoming Catholic, but would like to know more about the Catholic faith? RCIA is a great place to start!  If you have more questions or want to sign up, submit your information on the forms above.

When?

  • R.C.I.A. classes are held Thursday evenings from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, September through May, in the overflow/cafeteria. Cost is $70 per adult per year.
  • For more information please contact Tere at 303-428-3594 ext. 10 or e-mail at terec@htcatholic.org.

Please arrive 5 minutes early as we make every effort to start promptly at 6:30 pm.

  • If your child is receiving a Sacrament, you the Parent or Guardian, must attend seven Adult Classes and one Retreat during the year that your child is preparing to receive their Sacrament.
  • These Adult classes are given on:
    • Sundays from 2:30 – 4:00 PM and
    • Wednesdays from 6:00 – 7:30 PM
  • RCIA Calendars: Click for English or Spanish

Where?

  • School cafeteria / overflow on Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm; enter through North door.

Who is invited?

All adults (18 and older) are welcome—those seeking to become Catholic, those seeking the sacrament of Confirmation, those exploring the Catholic faith, non-practicing Catholics, practicing Catholics, etc. RCIA is a great place to learn about the faith for the first time or be renewed in your faith. You do not need to be sure about joining the Catholic Church to attend class. We can cross that bridge together when it comes, but in the meantime, come check it out!

  • Interested in learning more about your Catholic faith but have received all necessary Sacraments? Classes are open & free of charge for those who are not in need of receiving the Sacraments offered. All are welcome to attend as often as desired, no registration required.

What should I bring?

  • Please bring a notebook and pen.

Expectations Overview?

If you are seriously considering or have already made the decision to become Catholic, or are seeking the sacrament of Confirmation, we expect a sincere effort, nearly 100% attendance, of weekly RCIA classes.

RCIA Teacher?

Classes are taught by Father Piotr Mozdyniewicz.

LEARN MORE

From time to time it’s important to remind ourselves of the basic questions at the heart of our faith. Whether you’re a longtime Catholic or someone looking to learn more about the Catholic faith, we think you will find the quick videos below informative and inspiring.

Who is Jesus?

What is the Catholic Church?

Questions About Becoming Catholic?

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