The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is intended to welcome adults into the Catholic Church. The primary candidates for the program are those who have never been baptized or who have been baptized in a non-Catholic Church, and now wish to become Catholic. We also welcome those who were baptized as Catholics but, for some reason or another, never received any of the sacraments. The first sessions of RCIA are held in September. We gather in the Carse Center (the lower level of the Downtown Church) at 7 PM and conclude at 9 PM.
In joining RCIA, a person is making a big commitment. Obviously, the person is considering becoming Catholic...there are no obligations by attending... after a while the person may decide that now is not the time and that’s fine. But if the decision is made to become a Catholic, that is a big commitment. However, over and above that, we expect those who join RCIA to attend all sessions. There are twenty-seven total, all meeting on Wednesday from 7 PM to 9 PM. Beginning in December, candidates attend the 8 AM mass at the Crane Road Church and do so most every Sunday until the end of March. They are expected to attend an overnight retreat from Friday evening to Saturday afternoon. It is a big commitment, but truly a worthwhile one.
We have a superb RCIA program and if you are considering becoming a Catholic or receiving other sacraments (Confession, Communion, Confirmation) this is your chance - opportunity is knocking. You can “open the door” by calling the Parish Office (630-338-8000) or Debbie Hutchison (630-485-5192).