Becoming Catholic

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Are you interested in becoming Catholic?  Do you have questions about what Catholics believe?  
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The preparation for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a shared program with St. Ephrem, our parish cluster partner, and is conducted at St. Ephrem parish.  Those taking part in the preparation and the RCIA from our parish will receive the faith formation at St. Ephrem's but celebrate associated rites at St. Jane Frances de Chantal. Make initial contact with our pastor, Fr. Jerry Slowinski, before contacting St. Ephrem parish.  You can contact Fr. Jerry at (586)077-8080 or by email at jws1953@att.net.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the Church's ritual for preparing adults and those children who have reached the age of reason (usually age 7) for full initiation and active participation in the sacramental life of the Catholic Church.  This spiritual journey is marked by various rites celebrated within the community which serve to mark the progress they have made, and to deepen their formation experience.  The rite culminates in the celebration of the sacraments of initiation:  Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.

  • The rite is intended for unbaptized adults and children of catechetical age. (Catechetical age refers to children at or about the age of seven, the age of reason.)
  • The rite is adapted for baptized Catholics preparing to complete their initiation by the celebration of Confirmation and First Eucharist; and baptized Christians of other faith traditions preparing for full communion with the Catholic Church.

While the Catholic Church is the largest religion in the world,
it is sometimes also the most misunderstood.

The beliefs of the Catholic Church and her beautiful teachings are consistent through the ages.

  • We believe that human beings were created by God in love and that everything God creates is good and created out of love. While we have the capacity for sin, the Church believes in the dignity of the human person above all else.
  • We also believe that goodness infuses all of God’s wondrous creation. All creation, made by God, reflects that goodness. Catholics see the world and its beauty, renewed by the Incarnation, as sacramental – speaking of God’s goodness and love.
  • We believe in stewardship. Everything is given to us by God and our Catholic responsibility is to share our time, talent and treasure with those around us.
  • We believe in the Holy Trinity, that God has revealed himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit – a communion of knowledge and love – has created us to share in that life.
  • We believe in community and a living Church – believers are a part of the living Body of Christ and, as such, we are a reflection of the communal nature of the Trinity.
  • We believe that God loved his creation so much that he became human in the person of Jesus to walk among us.
  • We believe in the communion of the saints – models of faith who help us and guide us in our daily lives.
  • We believe in Jesus’ crucifixion, death and resurrection, and we hope that one day we will rise to new life with him.

Becoming Catholic today means joining an ancient faith, deeply rooted in the teachings and traditions of Christ, that is filled with hope and vibrancy as we continue to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to all the ends of the earth.