Do you know someone who has expressed an interest in the Catholic faith? If you, or anyone you know, is interested in learning about the Catholic faith, then our RCIA program is for you! The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) was instituted following the Second Vatican Council as the process through which non-baptized persons and baptized Christians of other denominations can enter the Catholic Church. In most RCIA programs each year, there are also Baptized Catholics who never made their First Communion or attended church as a child. They, too, are welcomed into the RCIA process to journey to fullness of faith by completing the Sacraments of Christian Initiation.

The four-stage RCIA process contains within it the following elements: 

  • proclaiming the Gospel;
  • handing on or “echoing” the tradition of the Church (catechesis);
  • sharing in the liturgical worship of the community;
  • experiencing private and communal prayer; and
  • building faith-based relationships with sponsors and others in the parish.

Who is the RCIA for?

  • A non-baptized person wanting to become Catholic
  • A baptized Christian who desires to join the Catholic Church
  • A baptized Catholic who has not celebrated any other Sacraments

To find out more about the RCIA process at St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, email Tim Cassady at or call 659-2501.

You can click on the following link to learn more information on RCIA from the United States Conference of Bishops (USCCB) Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults