Each year, we facilitate a formation program for those who are discerning whether to become Catholic. This program is called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. You will usually here these referred to as “RCIA”. We encourage you to read more here to learn more about this process. For children over the age of seven, the RCIA process is adapted for children.
The first step in this formation process is an inquiry phase. If you are considering becoming Catholic, we encourage you to come and participate in this first phase! There are no expectations or obligations — it is simply a way for you to learn more about our faith as part of your own discernment.
To join the Catholic faith, you should have one or two sponsors. If two sponsors, one should be male and the other female. At least one sponsor must be:
- a practicing Catholic;
- fully initiated (has received the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation);
- at least sixteen years old
Each Catholic sponsor from outside the parish should obtain a sponsor certificate or letter from their pastor stating that they are a practicing Catholic. They should send the sponsor certificate or letter into the Parish Office (Attention Administrative Assistant) in advance of the day of the baptism. A second person, who is not Catholic, may function as a witness; this person must be a baptized Christian. If a sponsor cannot be at the baptism, that person can still be a sponsor. The substitute or “stand in” is called the proxy. A proxy does not need to be Catholic.
If you have any questions, would like additional information, or are considering becoming Catholic, let us know! Just fill out the information below and we will contact you directly.