What is RCIA?

Are you interested in joining the Catholic Church? Or perhaps you are already Catholic and simply desire to learn more about your faith and to receive sacraments you may have missed. The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (or RCIA) process introduces you to the beliefs and practices of the Roman Catholic Church. It helps you explore what it means to be a Christian. It prepares you to enter fully into our community of faith through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Becoming Catholic is more than just learning scripture and rituals, it’s discovering how to be a disciple of the Lord.

We welcome all those who are:

  • Adults who have never been baptized
  • Adults baptized in a non-Catholic church but now desire to become Catholic
  • Adults who were baptized Catholic but who have not received the Sacraments of Holy Communion or Confirmation

How to Start the RCIA Process

We understand getting started and “going all in” can be intimidating. As Jesus says to his disciples over and over again, “Be not afraid!” Our team is here to walk with you every step of the way at whatever pace is most healthy for you. For more information on what the process entails and to discern if God is calling you, please contact Pam at (630) 485-9671 or email: ppurcell2010@comcast.net.

Our first meeting will be on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 7 p.m. in the lower level of the Downtown Church (400 Cedar Street, Saint Charles, IL 60174).  (There is no need for prior registration.)


Frequently Asked Questions

What's the first night like?

The first night is inquiry and introduction of the journey of becoming Catholic. It is a super low pressure environment – if you are at all “on the fence” about committing, we invite you to at least come to the first meeting and see what it’s all about.

What's the long-term commitment?

There is so much beauty, truth and goodness to explore about our Catholic faith that we meet most Wednesdays evenings at 7 p.m. September through Easter. We totally understand life can be chaotic, especially with young families and work schedules. Things come up and you may not be able to make a week here or there.

What's the purpose?

To fall in love with Jesus. Our team is here to be a resource to you and your family. To walk with you in the life of faith, discovering the beautiful truth in God’s Church! We believe that it can transform your life for the better. Practically speaking, the culmination of the RCIA process will be at the 2022 Easter Vigil where you will receive the sacraments, the very life of God.

What's a sponsor? And why do I need one?

Each participant will have a sponsor who will support them on their faith journey. The responsibility of a sponsor is to help the person who is going to receive Baptism or Confirmation to lead a good Catholic life. The sponsor needs to be a Confirmed and practicing Catholic. If a candidate does not have someone to ask, no worries, we have many faithful parishioners who would be honored to serve as a sponsor.

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Or contact Pam (630) 485-9671 or email: ppurcell2010@comcast.net