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RCIA: Becoming Catholic

How does our parish attract inquirers each year who consider becoming Catholic?
The short answer is you! When any parish has many inquirers year after year, it is the fruit of the Holy Spirit as parish members open their hearts to welcome others. Members of a welcoming and evangelizing community take seriously their call to share the Divine message of salvation. It happens in parish families, in the workplace, in gatherings with friends and neighbors, and in daily contacts. Give thanks to God as he continuously strengthens each of us who seek to do his will in offering a gentle, humble, and clear welcome to the Catholic faith. “Go out into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15)

What is RCIA?
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process established for the universal Church for individuals to become Catholic and receive the sacraments of initiation — Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist. This initiation process also involves a parish community experiencing a renewal in faith as it prepares and welcomes new members into the Church. The Rite speaks of conversion as a “spiritual journey.” Centered on fostering a deep relationship with Jesus and the Church he founded, this journey takes place through distinct stages over a period of time suitable to bring about a thorough catechesis, significant experience of the parish community, and commitment to the liturgical and moral life of the Catholic faithful.

The RCIA process is a restoration of the ancient catechumenate, arising within the first three centuries following the era of the apostles. It was the early Church’s way of Christianizing the pagan Roman Empire. The Second Vatican Council called for the restoration and use of this venerable and powerful method of initiation for the worldwide Church.

Who is RCIA for?
1. Persons in need of Baptism.
2. Persons baptized in another Christian tradition who desire to become Catholic.
3. Persons baptized Catholic in need of First Communion and/or Confirmation.

Call the parish office for more information about Holy Family’s RCIA program.  918-582-6247

24 Responses to "RCIA: Becoming Catholic"

  1. Terri says:

    Can teenagers attend RCIA? When does it start?

    1. Lisa Stice says:

      Teenagers can absolutely attend RCIA. You can start any Wednesday Evening. For more information on RCIA please contact Fr. Grant at

  2. Sam says:

    Hello, I was interested in learning more about RCIA. Are the classes still on Wednesday nights? Just wondering when to stop by to learn more. Thanks

    1. Lisa Stice says:

      Thanks for asking,

      Yes our RCIA classes are a part of our Wednesdays at the Cathedral. You can start anytime. Feel free to come any week. Dinner is at 5:30 pm and programming starts at 6:30 pm

    2. Lisa Stice says:


      Yes please stop by any Wednesday Night to learn more about RCIA. We will be taking a break this week, Holy Week but we are back on next week.

  3. rushtoball says:

    Hello. I’m very interested in converting to Holy Roman Catholic, and want to attend the fall classes. I have to work a schedule out with my employer but hopefully that won’t be a problem.

    You can feel free to reach me back at

    1. Mike Malcom says:

      Classes usually begin in early September. If you miss a class or two, there will be DVDs available of the past classes.

  4. caseybriana says:

    I have a college class Wednesday evenings. Are there any other nights available?

    1. malcom says:

      Contact Deacon Jerry Mattox at 918-582-6247 ext. 25. He can discuss alternatives with you.

  5. Christy Jones says:

    I will go to the next one. Where do I go once I get to the church?

    1. malcom says:

      Great! RCIA meets in the Cathedral basement. Park behind the school. Look for a set of double doors between the school and the church. Go downstairs and you will see them. (Our basement isn’t large.)

  6. Christy Jones says:

    I am interested in RCIA. I am totally new to the Catholic faith. For a beginner is it to late to join this set of RCIA classes or should i wait for the next set of classes? Thanks

    1. malcom says:

      Hello Christy! Come to one of the 7:00 pm Wednesday night classes – the sooner the better. One of the RCIA team members will be able to tell you what your options are. May God bless you.

  7. Debbie says:

    I would like to attend RCIA classes. I realize I have completely “missed” the start of this session, so two questions: May I begin attending now, anyways? Also, when would the next session begin?

    1. malcom says:

      Debbie, thanks for asking about RCIA. Come to this Wednesday evening’s class: 7:00 p.m. in the Cathedral basement. Someone from the RCIA team will outline what you’ll need to do – either to “catch up” with this year’s group or to look forward to next year.

      1. Debbie says:

        Thank you! Will do :).

  8. Kimberly Waite says:

    My children attend HFCS and I have a sponsor so I would like to know if I could join the classes now and still be included in the Easter Babtism?

    1. malcom says:

      Yes, Kimberly, it’s still possible! RCIA is tonight in the Cathedral basement. Talk to the RCIA team before class starts. They’ll have some paperwork for you.

      1. Kimberly Waite says:

        I was in a Mortgage Modification seminar and did not get the email in time. Is there a number I can call to speak with someone?

        1. Mike Malcom says:

          Yes, call 918-582-6247 ext. 25. Deacon Jerry Mattox will talk to you (or return your call).

  9. Natalie Shaffer says:

    Hello I have been attending church at holly family and I would like to baptized and attend class. Thank you

    1. malcom says:

      Hi Natalie. Our RCIA class is perfect for you. Come visit on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Cathedral basement.

  10. Katie says:

    Hello, I was looking at the schedule for fall, but am I too late to inquire about classes for this go around? Thank you.

    1. malcom says:

      You’re not too late. Come tonight to class and ask to borrow DVDs of the previous presentations.

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