As we read in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Article 2, “Faith is a personal act – the free response of the human person to the initiative of God who reveals himself, but faith is not an isolated act. No one can believe alone, just as no one can live alone. You have not given yourself faith as you have not given yourself life. The believer has received faith from others and should hand it on to others. Our love for Jesus and for our neighbor impels us to speak to others about our faith. Each believer is thus a link in the great chain of believers, I cannot believe without being carried by the faith of others, and by my faith I help support others in faith.”

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), is a process developed by the Catholic Church for adults or children of catechetical age, (those aged 7 to 18 who are not yet baptized)  to learn about Catholicism.  Catechumens, (those who are not baptized) or candidates (adults who are already baptized but in another Christian church) are gradually introduced to aspects of Catholic beliefs and practices. 

People who are interested in Catholicism and how one becomes a Catholic often have lots of questions. Some of the questions include…. 

  • How do I get started?
  • How long does it take?
  • What is the actual process (period of formation)?
  • What would I need to learn about?
  • When would I receive the sacraments?

To answer these questions, or for more information, please contact Shirley, our Pastoral Associate at (306) 343-0325 or email her at