RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Since 1972, the approach to adults joining the church has taken a radical change. This was the year the new Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) was approved for use by Pope Paul VI.  Since the early 1980's, most parishes have used the RCIA.  We say it’s radical because it thrusts us back to our roots and challenges us to relearn what it means to be Church.


RCIA_journeyKirkegaard once said:

 "There is no such thing as "being Christian."

There is only "becoming Christian."

Becoming a Catholic is a life long process.

It is a journey, not a destination".



When and where do the classes meet?    
Sessions are held on Thursday evenings

7:00 - 8:30pm

in Parish Hall of Holy Name Church.


RCIA Calendar for 2017-2018 





April 2017




How do I register?
Call the DRE at 270-826-2096.


Who should attend the classes?
RCIA is for adults who want to be baptized, baptized Christians of other faith traditions who are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith or becoming Catholic, and baptized Catholics who have not yet received their first Communion or Confirmation.

What does RCIA stand for?
It stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. 

Are you high-pressure about becoming Catholic?
Our focus is to assist you in discerning God's will for your life at this time. There is no pressure at all. We will help you through prayer, answering questions, and talking with you. We are merely here to help in whatever way we can.

What else should I know?
RCIA is done in four different stages:

1.  The Precatechumenate or Inquiry Period. This is a time of asking questions, building community and trust, learning about the Church and it is a time of learning in prayer about conversion.


2.  The Catechumenate.  This is a longer period marked by continuing to learn about the basic teachings of the Church, continuing to build community, entering more deeply into prayer and reflecting on the Word of God.


3.  The Period Of Enlightenment And Purification.  This is a more intense period of preparing to receive the Easter Sacraments of Initiation. This period runs during Lent and is a time of deep prayer, conversion, continued instruction, and listening to God's voice.


4.  Mystagogy.  The period when the newly initiated Catholics are drawn more deeply into the life of the Church.


What if I have another question?
Call the parish office at 270-826-2096 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



A message to the mentoring community…. RCIA_share_journey 

Because we make up the Christian community that apprentices the new disciples, RCIA depends on everyone in the pew to provide an example of what it means to live as a Catholic Christian. By observing our prayer, words, deeds and actions in the parish and in the broader community we witness and model our beliefs.


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