RCIA – Rite of Christian Intiation for Adults

Have you ever been curious about why Catholics believe what they do? Are you perplexed by the Mass? Are you an adult Catholic desiring to be Confirmed? Are you a non-Catholic engaged or married to a Catholic?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, we welcome you to join the St. Mary’s & St. Raymond’s RCIA!

RCIA stands for “Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults” and is a wonderful way to explore the Catholic Faith, regardless of where you are on your own journey. Our classes consist of snacks, speakers, small groups, study and social time as we explore the questions of the Catholic Faith together.

There’s no pressure, no fancy theological terms you need to know and no “one-size-fits-all” approach. Our RCIA process meets each person wherever they are on the journey!

To ask specific questions, contact Jacqueline at JacquelineEVanHemert@gmail.com or Father Sakowski at frsakowski@gmail.com.

Frequently Asked Questions (2020-2021)

Where do you meet? We meet at St. Mary’s Parish in Altoona, WI (1812 Lynn Avenue). Park in the lot and enter through the main church entrance. As soon as you walk in, the Conference Room is on your right. That’s where we’ll be having most of our classes and gatherings.

Who’s on the RCIA Team? There are others who aren’t on this list yet, but you can find pictures and biographies for most of the RCIA Core Team members by scrolling below!

How do I register? Click to download the RCIA Registration Form. Please take the time to complete the entire form. It is a bit lengthy, and there may be some information you’ll need to track down (e.g. your baptism information, if you’ve been baptized, etc.), but all of the information is important for this process. Feel free to fill out the form electronically, if you’re able, and return to me (JacquelineEVanHemert@gmail.com) OR bring this completed form to class.

I’m not sure if I actually want to be Catholic… That’s just fine by us! Feel free to fill out the registration form and attend classes anyway! Filling out a form doesn’t commit you to anything. Each person is at a different place in their own spiritual journey, and this process is simply a place to ask your questions and search for answers together. If at any time you find that you are no longer interested in learning more, there’s no obligation to stay!

I definitely want to be Catholic. Do I still need to go through the process? Yes. In a few weeks, either myself or Father Sedlacek will meet with each of you individually to interview you and find out more about where you’re at in the process. Although we can certainly expedite you to the sacraments of initiation if we think it’s the best decision, we’ve also found that there is great value in going through the process for a few reasons. 1) You continue to learn. 2) You meet others who are on the journey. 3) There are dozens of special rites that take place along the way, and the graces you receive through those rites is an important part of the preparation process! Think of it like being engaged…even if you’re ready to be married, the engagement is a special time, too.

I’m already Catholic but I’m a fiance/spouse/sponsor. Should I still attend? Yes, absolutely! Your participation in the process is valuable, partly for you, but mostly for your support of the person who is going through this process.

I have a question, but it’s not answered here. Send me a quick e-mail, text or phone call! You can reach me (Jacqueline) through these different forms of communication,

JacquelineEVanHemert@gmail.com

(715) 855-1294 ext 106

(414) 698-6040 (cell)