Funeral Mass for St. John's parishioner Allyson Van Steenbergen will be held Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 10 am in the Cathedral. PLEASE NOTE: Wednesday Feb. 20th 12:15 pm Mass is cancelled.

Becoming Catholic (RCIA)

Come and give the Catholic Church a try: for the first time--or again.

"No one will force you to stay. Have a look at the Catholic Church from inside the convictions that make Catholicism what it is.
Walk around in it. See how it feels. Then decide what you think about it." ~George Weigel

Our parish offers a series of gatherings for adults interested in exploring the Catholic faith--either as those considering becoming Catholic for the first time, those who want to reconnect with their Catholic heritage, and life-long Catholics who want to continue growing their faith. We use as our foundation the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) which is explained in more detail below. The overall aim in these weekly sessions is to cover some elements of Catholicism in the hope of faciliating your spiritual journey. Classes are Tuesdays from 6:30-8PM in the Riffle Center (usually the upstairs Francis room). Becoming Catholic today means being a part of 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. To look at frequently asked questions about RCIA CLICK HERE. Here's the schedule for this year's faith formation process:




Recommended reading

Expanded audience

Time of inquiry and introduction, where inquirers ask questions, share their faith journey stories, and reflect on hte place of God in their lives. They are not asked to make a commitment at this time.


T 09/04

Catholic Faith and the RCIA

-Read> U.S. Bishops & RCIA
-Read> GICI
-Read> FAQs of RCIA.



T 09/11

Church Tour

-Watch> Cathedral virtual tour

All Parish invited


T 09/18

Religious Experience

-Read> Franciscan place



T 09/25

World Religions

-Read> Nostra Aetate



T 10/02

Christian & Catholic

-Watch> Steven Ray



T 10/09

Catholic Church Reckoning: Addressing the Present Church Crisis

-Watch> Bishop Barron's response
-Read> What went wrong PPT

2nd Tuesday/1st comm.


T 10/16

A community that Celebrates

-Read> Community That Celebrates 
-See> Introduction to Roman Missal



T 10/23

Liturgical Year

-Watch> Catholic liturgical year
-Read> Liturgical Year
-View> Liturgical year graphic

First communion parents


T 10/30

Liturgy Eucharist-Mass symbols

-Watch> Scott Hahn Mass
-Read> Eucharistic symbols



T 11/06

Preparing Christmas: Incarnation

-Watch> Pope Benedict Incarnation

First communion parents


T 11/13

Mary's Role in Catholicism

-Read> The Holy Rosary
-Watch> Mary in 2 minutes

All parish invited


T 11/20

Genealogy/Infancy of Jesus
Guest: Deacon Bill Burns

-Read> Protoevangelium of James 


  S 11/25 1st rite: Rite of Acceptance (non-Baptized) or Welcoming (Baptized) 8AM Mass Cathedral
Formally request membership in the Church, proclaiming the wish to become Catholic; Church community pledges acceptance and support for the candidates.
Develop a further understanding of Church teachings and the mystery of salvation; participate in liturgical rites; learn more about the importance of prayer; become active in the Faith Community


T 11/27

Eucharistic Miracle

-Read> Bishop Barron video

First communion parents


T 12/04

Advent I

- Read> Sunday Gospels I & II
- Read> Jesse tree readings



T 12/11

Old Testament
Guest: Fr. Jerry

2nd Tuesday/1st comm.


T 12/18

Advent II

- Read> Sunday Gospels III & IV
- See> History of the Catholic Church


T 12/25-Christmas: No Class
T 01/01-New Year  No Class


T 01/08

Epiphany/Baptism of the Lord

-Read: Faith Buddy & Patron Saint
-Read: Handbook, 41


First communion parents


T 01/15

Sacraments of Initiation

-Video: Baptism (Bishop Barron)
-Video: Confirmation (Bishop Barron)
-Video: Eucharist (Bishop Barron)
-Read: Handbook, 51-55



T 01/22

Reconciliation (Confession)

-Read: Handbook, 56-57

First communion parents


T 01/29

Following Jesus: Consecrated

-See: Catholic Religious Orders 



T 02/05

What is the Church (hint not just priests)

-Read> Prophetic tradition
-Read> "What is the Church"
-Read> The Holy Rosary
-See> Who Started Your Church?

First communion parents


T 02/12

6:30 Cathedral Hall
>Parish book read discussion

-Read> Kelly's Biggest Lie excerpt



T 02/19

Corporal/spiritual acts of mercy
>Guest: Deacon Tom Dominick


First communion parents


T 02/26

Liturgical Year: History




T 03/05

Reconciliation Service

-Read> Catholic Handbook p. 56

First communion parents

  S 03/10 2nd Rite: Rite of Sending, 5PM Sunday Cathedral mass


T 03/12

 Station: "Knowledge of the Faith"
 Four Levels of Catholic Teaching
> Deacon Bill Burns

-Watch> Fr. Mike Schmitz 



T 03/19

Samaritan women


First communion parents

  W 03/20 3rd rite: Rite of Election (Non-Baptized) & Call to Continuing Conversion (Baptized) 7PM @ Cathedral

3rd PERIOD: Purification & Enlightenment
Elect reflect on religious experience and faith, and the Scrutinies begin wherein the elect search their consciences.
  Su 03/24  1st Scrutiny/ on 3rd Sunday of Lent> 10AM Cathedral Mass  


T 03/26

Parish Mission: The Paschal Candle (in the Cathedral)

Read> Paschal Candle 


  Su 03/31 2nd Scrutiny/ on 4th Sunday of Lent> 11:30 Cathedral Mass  


T 04/02

Resurrection of Lazarus
Guest: Deacon Tom Dominick

Reading: Sunday Gospel V


  Su 04/07 3rd Scrutiny/ on 5th Sunday of Lent> 1PM Cathedral Mass  


T 04/09

Palm Sunday

Reading: Sunday Gospel

2nd Tuesday/1st comm.


T 04/16

Holy Week Preparation



  Sat 4/20  Final Rite: Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation at Easter Vigil > Evening Cathedral Mass (Baptism and/or Confirmation and/or Eucharist)
4th Period: MYSTAGOGY (New Christians)
During this stage the newly-initiated experience being part of the Christian community.  For the first year of their life as Catholicsl, those who have been received are known as "neophytes" or New Christians. The Catholic journey, however, never ends as it's a lifetime journey of ongoing conversion. 


T 04/23

Walking w Risen Jesus

Reading: Luke 24: 13-35

First communion parents


T 04/30

Potluck for the newly baptised




T 05/07

Universal Church




T 05/14

Corpus Christi




T 05/21

Trinitarian Community




T 05/28

Ascension: Recognizing Jesus




T 06/04

Pentecost: Missionary Church





A sponsor is a friend. Being a sponsor in the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is like being a good friend. The sponsor is a companion to a prospective member of the church as he or she takes a personal faith journey to becoming Catholic.  A sponsor extends our parish's and the universal Church community's welcome and support in a personal way.

A sponsor is present. Sponsors will be asked to attend a few rites and participate. For example, if they are sponsoring a catechumen, at the beginning of Lent they will be asked to participate in the Rite of Election. Their presence is also required at the Saturday night Easter Vigil, etc. The sponsor is expected to reflect a conversion and sufficient knowledge of Christian teaching and a sense of faith and charity.

A sponsor prays.  S/he humbly recognizes that he is an instrument whom God uses to support the candidate. In prayer the sponsor learns to be open to the Lord's will and to rely upon the Spirit for guidance. As a sponsor you may be asked to introduce a catechumen or previously baptized candidate to some of the many forms of prayer in the church.

A sponsor listens. S/he knows how to listen well to the stories of others. Every person comes with a unique story, a life story that is like the gospel stories that reveal the living Christ. We must learn to listen well to the stories of others, or we will fail to recognize Christ working in them.

A sponsor is up to the spiritual challenge. Sponsors should be willing to accept the possibility of being challenged in their own faith. The candidates' personal stories, struggles, and insights have a way of stirring up within the sponsor a renewed sense of belonging to the church. After all, being Catholic means dying to self and being born again, and again, and again, in an ongoing process of conversion.   


Lord Jesus, we ask you blessings on these men and women who aspire to join you Church—for the first time or once again—through our parish community.

As they ponder your Word and share their stories may the fabric of their lives become interwoven just as our lives are-- into the very Body of Christ, your Church.

As they grow in knowledge and understanding of the faith, so too may they continue to plumb the depths of their hearts and find the awesome goodness of you, God of all, in the hearts of others.

As they hunger for you, may they also proclaim you, boldly and joyfully.

We pray in Jesus’ name.  AMEN


What is RCIA?  RCIA stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. When we bring people into the Catholic Church, or help them to receive all of their initial sacraments if they are already baptized Catholic, we call that "initiation." While the word "initiation" is often used when people are talking about joining a club, we are really talking about a process of prayer, reflection and study spread over several months during which the inquirer participates in Catholic life and worship.  The focus of the RCIA process is Christian conversion - a change of heart in which the individual turns toward God and away from whatever is in the way of living a full Christian life. Those who participate in this process of prayer, study and reflection include:

People who have never been baptized
People who were baptized in another Christian tradition, or baptized Catholics who want to deepen their understanding of their faith and complete their sacraments of initiation. The three sacraments of initiation are Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation.
__They are joined by their sponsors and others looking to grow their faith

So this process could also be a good formation opportunity for anyone who:

__Desires to know more about the Catholic Church
Attends the Catholic Church and is questioning if the Catholic Church is the right choice for a faith community
Was baptized Catholic but left or has had little or no contact with the Church. 


RCIA TEAM.  People journeying through the RCIA process need sponsors and community support to help them grow in faith. The RCIA team of sponsors help guide, support and instruct those discerning whether to become members of our Catholic community. Team members share their faith with inquiring adults who are seeking more information about the Catholic Church, many of whom seek to celebrate one or more of the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. If you are a confirmed practicing Catholic who is interested in helping others to become Catholic, contact John Ysursa, Adult Faith Formation Facilitator, for more information.




Becoming Catholic:  Do you know anyone who might be interested in Becoming Catholic? Contact John Ysursa, Adult Faith Formation Facilitator for more information: 208-342-3511 or

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, or RCIA, is a communal process for formal initiation of new members into the Catholic Church. This process is a return to the formation of the earliest members of the Church in the first and second centuries.

If you are an adult baptized Catholic who has received First Communion, but would like to be confirmed, we can help you with that part of your journey. Contact John Ysursa, Adult Faith Formation Facilitator for more information: 208-342-3511 or


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