“How Does One Become a Catholic”?

 Many Catholics are born into Catholic families and gradually come to share in the full sacramental life of the Church. Others, who have been previously baptized in a non-Catholic Christian Church, have become Catholics after participating in a formation process that leads to a profession of faith and the celebration of the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. And some, never baptized, are initiated through a formation process that leads to the celebrations of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. All sacraments are celebrated at the Easter Vigil celebrated by the Catholic community. 

  • The Catholic Church warmly welcomes new members and tries to provide an atmosphere of spiritual formation according to each person’s needs. 
  • The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the Church’s way of initiating new members. 


If you or someone you know is interested in learning about the Catholic Faith, or perhaps has lapsed in the practice of the Catholic faith, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process through which adults are introduced to the Roman Catholic faith. There is no obligation involved for those who attend our sessions. We meet on Sunday morning at 9:15 a.m. in the St. Joan of Arc room downstairs. If you have any questions, please call Joe Rybak at 828-584-1120 or email: jrybak@staloysiushickory.org