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.
Topics Studied in RCIA
If you are interested becoming a full member of the Catholic Church, or simply in learning more about the Catholic Faith, the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) program is for you.
Attending classes do not commit you to anything, but they are ordinarily required for pull participation in the Mass since worship of God is not just a living sacrifice, but also a renewal of the mind (Cf. Romans 12:1-2).
The fundamental teachings of the Catholic Church are ultimately found in the human heart. But we are bombarded with so many selfish and societal pressures that it is hard to know our hearts deepest longings. We need to live out the faith and engage with a community that shares our quest for meaning. A Church is more than an institution, it is a family that nurtures us, and a cause that drives us to not only be authentic people, but to reach out to a world in need.
Joining the Catholic Church, particularly through baptism, is a very important step in the journey of the soul. The Church believes the Sacraments of Initiation endow the soul with an indelible mark and a great responsibility. The process for joining is simple, but it should not be taken lightly.
RCIA is a discernment process. This does not mean people must be committed when they join. People are welcome to join RCIA for the whole year without the intention of joining the Church. However, if you would like to become a full member of the Church, this needs to be communicated by the start of the Spring semester. This intentionality prepares the new members for the profound relationship with Jesus Christ that they encounter in the Catholic Church by receiving the Sacraments, particularly Eucharist.
We will receive new members into the Church on the Easter Vigil, Saturday night, April 20, 2019.
Because many of our RCIA students attend or work at Indiana University, we simply follow IU’s schedule. When they begin, we begin. When they are on break, so are we.
Our topics cover the most fundamental beliefs of the Catholic Church. Please see the sample curriculum on this page for more particulars. We also discuss the obligations and rights of Catholics, as well as the some of the things that distinguish the Catholic Faith from other religions.
Jesus by his life, work, and teachings (Cf. Mathew 25:31-46) emphasizes the importance of service to those in need. This is an integral part of our faith. If it does not lead to works, our faith is dead (Cf. James 2:14-26). We ask those seeking full membership to the Catholic Church to perform at least 10 hours of service work with an approved organization, preferably with a Catholic charity.
Becoming Catholic is not simply a mental consent to believe in the things the Church teaches, or to simply believe that it is the Church that Jesus Christ founded (Cf. Matthew 16:18). The Church has an institutional element by which She formally welcomes new members into the Body of Christ. There is also the mystical element, where Church members personally welcome men and women into the Faith, and guide them through the traditions and cultures that have helped so many people experience God.
A Sponsor is a part of the mystical body of the Church, a Catholic in good standing with the Institutional Church, who personally welcomes a new member. This may be a relative, a friend or close associate of the new member, or a parishioner selected by St. Paul’s staff or volunteers to meet the needs of the new member. The Sponsor agrees to attend some of the ceremonies of initiation, especially the Easter vigil. In some special occasions, a proxy can represent the sponsor if the sponsor is unable to attend an event.