We welcome all who would like to join us in worshiping at St. Paul's Catholic Center. For those interested in the Catholic Faith, and particularly for those interested also in becoming fully Catholic, we provide RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) classes during the school year.
Learning More about the Catholic Faith
Not only is RCIA a great way to learn about the Faith, it is the ordinary process by which people become full members of the Roman Catholic Church.
RCIA Classes Begin in September
RCIA classes meet weekly during most of the school year. For those fully joining the Church, RCIA members receive the Sacraments during the Easter Vigil.
Classes cover the foundations of the Catholic faith and help prepare students for full Sacramental initiation into the Church. Additionally, participants are invited to explore their own call to the life of a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Ministry to the Baptized
Though we encourage everyone to attend RCIA classes, some people are baptized as Christians and have a significant level of involvement in the Church, as well as religious instruction and spiritual formation. Respectful of individual needs, please email Fr. Joseph to discuss options.
How Do I Register?
Please feel free to start attending classes. If you like, you can print the form and bring it to class. Click here for the RCIA Inquiry Form. Please email Fr. Joseph, if you have any questions.
Additional information about RCIA is available from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Learning about the Faith
RCIA Classes are a way to learn about the Catholic Faith. For many, they are the formal way of joining the Church. For others, it is simply a way to become familiar with the many aspects of the Faith. People can simply show up for classes, or they can register in order to receive the Sacraments.
For the 2017-2018 year, we will meet on Tuesdays from 7 pm - 8pm. Even though they already began, please let Fr. Joseph know if you would like to join, or if you have trouble fitting this into your schedule. We are happy to try to accommodate you.
If you haven't registered, show up anyway. You can attend a few classes before you decide to register. Feel free to attend classes simply to learn.
Tentative Class Schedule
September 5: Why I am here; Desire for God; the Human Person
September 12: God: Existence, Nature and Notions of God; The Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit)
September 19: Revelation: Church, Tradition, and Scripture
September 26: God Acts in Our Lives: Sacraments (of Initiation)
October 3: Prayer in the Christian Life
October 10: Prayer in the Christian Life, cont'd.
October 17: The Nature of Theology and the Science of the Saints
October 24: The Blessed Virgin Mary
October 31: The Saints: Purpose, Canonization, Devotions
November 14: Catholic Morality and Spiritual Theology: Gifts, Grace, Fruits, and Virtues
November 28: The Four Last Things
December 5: Advent and Liturgical Season
January: 9 Review and Intro to Theology of the Body and Vocation
January 16: Man: Image of God, Body and Soul, Male and Female
January 23: God Acts in Our Lives: Sacraments (Vocation/Calling)
January 30: God Acts in Our Lives: Sacraments (Eucharist)
February 6: Structure of the Mass
February 13: The Fall: Sin, Repentance, and Grace
February 20: God Acts in Our Lives: Sacraments (of Healing)
February 27: Holy Spirit
March 6: Presentation of the Creed
March 20: Presentation of the Lord's Prayer
March 27: Review: History of the Sacrament of Confirmation
April 3: Teaching Mass