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Why Catholic? & RCIA

Why Catholic?

A Journey through the Catechism

Our Lady of the Hills hosts the Why Catholic? each Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. in Martin Hall during Advent and Lent.

Catholics often face opportunities to share their faith with others, but lack the basic knowledge and confidence to do so. Why Catholic? has a rich scriptural and catechetical approach that gives a solid foundation for every Catholic to express their faith and be able to reach out to others in faith.

Beginning this Fall 2012 & Spring 2013

Deepening My Experience of God

Explores how we nurture our relationship with God in prayer. Sessions focus on prayer itself and how God communicates with us, different forms of prayer, some difficulties we experience in prayer, and a deeper look at the Lord's Prayer.  

Twelve faith-sharing sessions,
corresponding to the Catechism of the Catholic Church
and the
United States Catholic Catechism for Adults.

explores how we nurture our relationship with God in prayer
focuses on:
• prayer itself and how God communicates with us;
• different forms of prayer;
• certain difficultiesd we may experience in prayer.
a deeper look (three sessions) at the Lord's Prayer
Session 1: What Is Prayer?
Session 2: Prayer in the Old Testament
Session 3: Jesus and Mary Teach Us to Pray
Session 4: Forms of Prayer
Session 5: The Sources and Way of Prayer
Session 6: Guides for Prayer
Session 7: Vocal Prayer and Meditation
Session 8: Contemplative Prayer
Session 9: Difficulties in Prayer
Session 10: The Lord’s Prayer
Session 11: The Lord’s Prayer (continued)
Session 12: The Lord’s Prayer (conclusion)

Everyone is invited and welcome to attend the sessions. We ask that you please register so your book for the class can be ordered in advance. Please contact the parish office at (270-465-4282. 




RCIA - Rite of Initiation of Adults

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops describes the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults as a process in which participants "undergo…conversion as they study the Gospel, profess faith in Jesus and the Catholic Church, and receive the sacraments…The RCIA process follows the ancient practice of the Church and was restored by the Second Vatican Council as the normal way adults prepare for baptism."

Likewise, the language used in the RCIA process is that of the early Church formation programs. Catechumens are those people who are seeking full initiation into the Catholic Church through all of the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. Candidates are people who have been baptized in a Christian tradition but are seeking initiation into the Catholic Church through Eucharist and Confirmation.

All are Welcome!

RCIA is a process of study, exploration, faith-sharing, and faith formation with specific liturgical rites for seekers and inquirers. Seekers and inquirers are non-baptized adults who desire to be fully initiated into the Roman Catholic Church and/or baptized adult Christians who desire full communion in the Roman Catholic Church.

Adults or older children who have not been baptized and desire to join the Church are invited into the ancient celebration of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. During this process, which is marked by regular ritual acts, participants are introduced to the liturgy, the teachings, and the life of the Catholic Church.

Adults or older children who were baptized in another Christian denomination prepare in a similar way for the sacraments of Confirmation and the Eucharist during their reception into the Catholic Church.

RCIA is a Journey

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a process that proceeds over weeks and months. It has several steps:


This is the earliest phase in the process; it is also know as the Period of Inquiry. Catechumens and Candidates acknowledge that Christ is calling them into the Church through the movement of the Holy Spirit. This is a time for seeking and reflection.

Rite of Initiation

The first Rite in the RCIA process, the Rite of Initiation accepts new members into the worshipping community.


The longest part of the process, the Catechumenate is a time of learning and formation in the traditions and doctrine of the Catholic Church. This is a time for sharing stories, reading scripture, and studying the Church customs, traditions and doctrine. Participants also participate in worship services and various Church rituals.

Rite of Election

Catechumens and Candidates are chosen to be received by the bishop and the community and to receive the Sacraments of Initiation at Easter.

Sacraments of Initiation

At the Easter Vigil (Holy Saturday), all newly elected members of the community who have been journeying through the RCIA process are welcomed formally into the community of believers through receiving the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.


This is a time of reflection and celebration after the formal reception into the Catholic Church. Mystagogia means “leading into the mystery” and it is a time to explore the deep mystery of our faith and go forth to help build the reign of God on Earth as new members of the faithful.


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.

RCIA Classes

Classes general begin in September and are held at 6:30 p.m. once a week through May. For more information or to register for classes contact the parish office at 465-4282.






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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.