SJVDirectory2218 (Medium)Frequently Asked Questions about RCIA and becoming Catholic:

    1. What is RCIA?  RCIA stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. It is a journey in which people are welcomed into the Catholic community and introduced to the Catholic way of life. The RCIA follows the life-long process of human development in faith formation. There are several stages involved which include inquiring about the Catholic Church, reflecting on the Scriptures and developing a sense of belonging to a faith community. There will be many opportunities to share stories, meet new friends and grow in an understanding of yourself and your faith.
    2. Who is the RCIA for?Adults who have never been baptized in any Christian faith.  Adults who were baptized in another Christian tradition and who are now thinking of becoming Catholic. Adults who were baptized as Catholics but who have not received the sacraments of Eucharist or Confirmation. Catholics who want to sponsor adults who are becoming fully initiated into the Catholic faith.
    3. When and where does RCIA meet? RCIA meets on Thursday evenings at the parish center from 7 to 8:30pm beginning late September through the Easter season.
    4. How long does it take to become Catholic?The length of the process varies according to the individual. Each person is encouraged to move as the Holy Spirit guides, at her/his own pace. The minimum amount of time is usually eight months (from the beginning of RCIA through the Easter season.)
    5. When would I be received into the church?Every year people are received into the church at the Easter Vigil, the Saturday evening before Easter. Non-baptized persons celebrate the three Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Those persons already baptized in another Christian Church make a Profession of Faith, are confirmed and share in the Eucharist.
    6. Will I need a sponsor?If there is someone you know who is a practSJVDirectory2199 (Medium)icing Catholic and would be willing to be your sponsor, please invite them. Otherwise, we will assign
      you someone from the St. Juan Diego community to accompany you on the journey. Sponsors are encouraged to be present at the weekly sessions starting in late September. They are required to participate in our RCIA retreat on Palm Sunday, and be part of the rites that we celebrate along the journey.
    7. How do I get started in the RCIA process?If you need more information or wish to begin RCIA, please call the parish office at 507-235-5535 and ask to talk with Bridget Becker or the pastor
    8. Where can I go to learn more about the Catholic faith?

US Conference of Catholic Bishops: www.usccb.org
Vatican: www.vatican.va