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RCIA

Welcome to St. John and St. Kilian!

We are glad you are here and are considering sharing your journey with the Catholic Church!  If you are interested in becoming Catholic, were baptized but not taught about their faith, or fully initiated into the Catholic faith, RCIA, or the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the place to start. 

Becoming Catholic | RCIA

Are you called to be Catholic?

There are lots of reasons why people choose to become Catholic as teens or adults. Maybe you are married to someone who is Catholic and are ready to explore this faith further. Maybe you have friends or relatives who were married in the Catholic Church or you attended a funeral and were moved by that experience and now want to learn more. Maybe you know or admire someone who is Catholic and you want to explore the faith more deeply.

How do I learn if the Catholic Church is right for me?

If you are curious about the Catholic faith, we have a special process designed to help you do that. It's called RCIA. RCIA stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Joining the RCIA process at our parish does not commit you to joining the Catholic Church. It is a process to help you explore what the Catholic Church has to offer. If you choose to complete the entire RCIA process, you will become a fully initiated member of the Catholic Church.

How do I know if the RCIA process is for me?

The RCIA process is designed for three groups of people:

  • those who were never baptized.
  • those who were baptized in another Christian tradition (Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist, and so on) who now wish to be Catholic by entering into full communion with the Catholic Church.
  • those who were baptized Catholic but never received any education or any of the other initiation sacraments such as first communion and confirmation.

How long does it take?

It's hard to say. If you haven't been baptized, or ever received any kind of religious education, it will probably take at least one year. If you are already baptized and educated in another Christian tradition, such as Lutheran or Presbyterian, it may be much shorter.

How do I get started?

We are always happy to talk with those who are exploring, interested in learning more about Catholicism, or looking to begin the process of becoming Catholic.  The parish can be reached at 262-673-4831, or stopping by St. Kilian's parish office.  Our RCIA registration and information sheet can also be found here.

The process is divided into 4 parts.  Everyone goes through them at their own pace in conjunction with the Holy Spirit and the parish community. 

Precatechumenate:

Together with the parish family, this time is for discerning and exploring what Catholic life and faith looks like.  There is no specific time frame for this stage; it begins when you first start wondering about and considering Catholicism and ends when you feel it is or is not the right path to embark on at this point and when the parish community is prepared to welcome you.

Catechumenate:

At this point, you are welcomed into the community, who will begin teaching and continue learning with you on how to live as a Catholic Christian.

Purification and Enlightenment:

This is the final stage leading up to celebrating the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation) that is a period of intense prayer and preparation that generally coincides with Lent. 

Mystagogy:

After being fully received into the Church, mystagogy, which means to "lead through the mysteries," begins.  This time officially lasts throughout the entire 50-day Easter season that ends on Pentecost.  During these 50 days, the newly initiated, now called "neophytes," reflect on their Catholic experience and journey so far, as well as actively participating in the Sacraments and life of the Church.  From here on out, you continue living and learning about your Catholic faith and being an intentional disciple of Jesus Christ all the days of your life. 

Want to know more?

We are always happy to talk with those who are exploring, interested in learning more about Catholicism, or looking to begin the process of becoming Catholic.  The parish can be reached at 262-673-4831, or stopping by St. Kilian's parish office.  Our RCIA registration and information sheet can also be found here.

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