Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation is designed for adults who have heard the mystery of Christ proclaimed and desire to enter into a closer union with God in the community of the Catholic Church. Christian Initiation is a process of prayer and study within the parish community. After checking out this page contact Mark Schmidt for more information! 563-582-7646 or dbq054s@dbqarch.org


Jwan Brookins, pictured with his family, will enter the Catholic Church Easter 2016
Jwan Brookins, pictured with his family, entered the Catholic Church Easter 2016

I am not baptized. How can I find out more about being baptized?

If you are interested in learning more about the Catholic Church, we invite you to contact Mark Schmidt, our pastoral associate. We invite you to meet with a member of our church and eventually with a group of people like yourself who are inquiring about the Catholic faith. Many of your questions will be answered, and you will feel very much at home.

Is there a period of preparation?

If you desire to continue and you are not yet baptized, you will be invited to consider a commitment to the local Catholic parish in a period of formation and instruction called the catechumenate. During the catechumenate, you will participate in the Liturgy of the Word at Mass each Sunday, learn faith sharing with the Bible, practice works of mercy and love for others and over a period of time come to discover the full meaning of Catholic life and belief.

How do I begin the initiation process?

After you have spent time in the catechumenate, you and our parish staff will determine your readiness for initiation.  If you are ready, the next step will be an invitation to celebrate the Rite of Election for the Sacraments of Initiation.  In this liturgy, the Archbishop calls you to prepare for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Communion.  During the season of Lent, the parish community will journey with you in prayer for your initiation.

When would I be baptized?

Baptism is one of the three sacraments of initiation.  Every year, the night before Easter, the parish solemnly celebrates the three sacraments, Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion at the Vigil Mass of Easter.  Holy Communion will be the final act of initiation and can be repeated every day.

What happens after baptism?

Following your initiation after Easter, we will invite you to continue participating in Mass on Sunday, to receive holy Communion regularly, to do faith sharing with the Bible, to do works of charity and mercy, and to be open for concentrated instruction on your experience with the sacraments.  You will be among your new Catholic friends in these works.  You will continue to learn about the sacramental life of Catholics by experience.

What if I am baptized in another Christian tradition?

If you come to the Church as a baptized person from other Christian faith traditions (for example, Lutheran, Presbyterian, etc.) you might not need to do the total process described above. A conversation with our parish staff will help to determine what the process will be for you.

Thank you for considering the Catholic Church.  We welcome you to join us on Sunday.  Come and see who we are.


Rite of Christian Initiation – Children
Children of catechetical age are asked to participate in a modified process of initiation prior to the celebration of initiation. The rite calls for full initiation for children who are seven years or older. These children will celebrate Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation at the Easter Vigil.

First Communion and Confirmation for Adults
A process for persons beyond high school age who want to complete their Sacraments of Initiation in the Catholic Church  For more information and to register contact the parish.


For more information on becoming Catholic or participating in RCIA please call

Mark Schmidt, Pastoral Associate, at 582-7646.

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