RCIA - Growing in Faith and Becoming Catholic

Whether you’re looking to take the next step toward becoming Catholic or you just want to ask more questions about the Catholic faith we are eager to help you, please contact our Director of Evangelization Jennifer Ludtke to find out more.

The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) at St. Thomas Aquinas includes components that touch our hearts, expand our knowledge, and prepare us to celebrate the sacraments and live a fruitful, joyful Catholic life! The schedule for 2020-2021 follows.

RCIA 2020-2021

Wednesdays, 7-8:15 PM

Alpha Sessions (online) – moving our hearts

Fall, 2020 Alpha Course topics

Dates

Is there more to life than this?

9/23

Who is Jesus?

9/30

Why did Jesus die?

10/7

How can we have faith?

10/14

Why and how do I pray?

10/21

Why and how should I read the Bible?

10/28

How does God guide us?

11/4

Why and how should I tell others?

11/11

Does God heal today?

11/18

Catechetical Sessions – expanding our knowledge

  • November 25 off for Thanksgiving
  • December 2    A Walk Through the Mass, Creed
  • December 9    God Speaks: Revelation through Scripture and Tradition
  • December 16  Catholic understanding of the Bible
  • December 23 and 30 off for Christmas and New Year’s Eve
  • January 6         Catholic Church history, structures, etc.
  • January 13       Sacrament of initiation: baptism, confirmation
  • January 20       Sacraments of initiation part II: Eucharist
  • January 27       Sacraments of vocation
  • February 3       Sacraments of healing
  • February 10     Moral decision making, Catholic Social Teachings
  • February 17     Mary and the saints

Lent – preparing spiritually to celebrate the sacraments

February 24 attend Ash Wednesday Mass

Sunday, February 28

  • Rite of Sending in the morning
  • Rite of Election/Call to Continuing Conversation in the afternoon

March 7 – dismissal

March 14 – dismissal

March 21 – dismissal

March 27 (“Palm Saturday”) 1-4:15 pm Retreat and Practice; attend 4:30 pm Mass

April 3 (Saturday), Easter Vigil:  Celebration of the Sacraments (8-10 pm)

“Now What?” – continuing to grow as Catholics

April 7 – continuing to grow as part of a community

April 14 – continuing to grow in knowledge

April 21 – continuing to grow spiritually