Many people are searching for spiritual meaning and a deeper relationship with God. Often they feel drawn to the Catholic faith. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process by which adults explore the Catholic faith and ordinarily become members of the Church.

The program consists of several months of instruction in the teachings, beliefs, customs, and practices of the Catholic faith. Those who complete the process receive the sacraments, usually Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation, or a combination of those, at Easter.

There is a $25 book fee, but no charge for the class. Handouts and other reading materials are provided.

Who is the RCIA intended for?


  • Adults and Teens who have never been baptized.
  • Adults and Teens who have been baptized in another Christian denomination.
  • Adults and Teens who simply want to learn more about the Catholic faith (e.g. the spouse of a Catholic who wants to learn more about the Church).
  • Adults and Teens who were baptized Catholic, but never received First Communion or Confirmation.

For Adults


We meet on Mondays from 7 to 8:30 PM in the Fireside Room of the Pastoral Center. The program starts in September and concludes on Easter Sunday.

For Teens


We meet on Thursday from 7 to 8:30 PM in the School Creed Center. The program starts in September and concludes on Easter Sunday.

Contact Information


If you or someone you know would like to learn more about RCIA, please contact Mary Morvay (St. Cyprian Worship Site) at 708–453–5719 or Ruthanne Swiatkowski (St. Celestine Worship Site), Coordinator of Religious Education  by phone at 708–453–2555 or julie@stcelestineparish.org.