“The RCIA is for adults [and children over the age of six] who, after hearing the mystery of Christ Proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. By God’s help they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and at the proper time will receive the sacraments fruitfully.” (Catholic Rites Today)
St. Francis de Sales Parish Welcomes You!
Do you feel something missing in your life? Begin a new life of love, faith, and justice lived in communion with Catholics throughout the world!
Are you interested in learning more about the Catholic faith? People are drawn to explore the Catholic faith for many different reasons. Perhaps you have experienced a Catholic Mass at the time of a wedding or funeral and were attracted by the prayer and ritual. Maybe you have witnessed the source of hope and comfort a Catholic relative, friend, or co-worker found in their faith at a time of difficulty or crisis.
Any one of these experiences—or others—might have started you thinking about what it would be like to be a Catholic. How do you find out? Where do you start? By visiting this website, you’ve taken the first step!
Who is RCIA for?
The Catholic Church designed a preparation process to celebrate the sacraments Christ has instituted. We call this the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). This process is for any adult or child over seven years of age who is...
- Unbaptized and recognizes a need for spirituality in their life.
- Baptized and raised in another Christian tradition but interested in learning about the Catholic faith.
- Baptized in the Catholic faith or another Christian faith tradition, but never received any formal religious training.
How do I get started?
The Catholic Church has a process called the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) to help you learn more about the Catholic faith.
At St. Francis de Sales, we often begin with a one-on-one meeting with a parish staff member or RCIA team member. This is a good time to share where your faith life has taken you and what brought you to this point. Any questions you may have will be addressed here.
The RCIA process is an extended period during which you will be given pastoral and spiritual formation and guidance for living as a disciple of Christ.
RCIA is not an instructional program—it is a process of conversion and apprenticeship created by the Church to welcome those who wish to learn more about the Catholic faith and in turn may want to become Catholic. Click here to learn more about the steps in the process.
As you discern God’s call for you as an individual, you will experience rituals of commitment and the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist), which will begin for you a new life of love, faith and justice lived in communion with Catholics throughout the world!
Conversion: What is it and what does it mean?
- Conversion means change, moving from where we are to where God would have us.
- Conversion affects every part of our being, giving us a new way of understanding ourselves and the world around us.
- Conversion is an on-going, lifelong process initiated by God.
- We do not control conversion—we accept it as coming from God, drawing us closer to Him and His unconditional love, which we then willingly share with others.
How long does it take to become a Catholic?
It takes long enough for conversion to happen. Depending on your previous faith experience, the circumstances of God’s grace, and the process of discernment the Rite of Christian Initiation for the unbaptized or unfamiliar with the Christian faith can take a minimum 8 months . For the baptized, the process can be adjusted to accommodate your life experience of faith. Since the process of conversion is unique for each individual, some people may require more time than others to prepare for this lifetime commitment. Our typical process runs from September through Easter each year, but individuals with different needs and backgrounds may celebrate the sacraments earlier or later.
What's the next step?
The next step is to contact the parish office to schedule a meeting where we can get to know you and your needs. You would meet with our Director of Faith Formation, Ricardo Valdez or a member of our RCIA Team. Click here to fill out a brief interest form online or here to print a copy for you to complete and return.