Are you or someone you know interested in learning more about the Catholic faith?
What is RCIA?
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a process for people (Catholic and non-Catholic) who have an interest in and questions about the Catholic faith. It is an opportunity to get answers, share insight, learn, or revisit the foundations of the Catholic faith.
What is the cost?
There is no cost to attend RCIA. Study materials are provided.
Do I have to commit to joining the Church to start the classes?
No. You can start the classes and, at various points during the program, you will be asked if you would like to continue moving forward in anticipation of joining the Church at the Easter Vigil.
What topics are covered?
Any topic you might have questions about can be addressed. Some topics include: the Holy Trinity, faith, the hierarchy of the Church, the Bible, interpretation of the Bible, the Mass, the real presence of the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist, the saints, Mary, prayer, church history, purgatory, heaven and hell, the dignity of life, contraception, penance, and the sacraments.
Who teaches the classes?
The classes are conducted by Fr. Daniel O'Brien and the RCIA team. Members of the St. Anthony of Padua community, who are a part of the RCIA team, will lead each class. Each class begins with a prayer and Bible reading then we discuss the topic(s) of the day. Weekly topics are assigned before each class to allow time for reading and reflection. Questions are always encouraged. We utilize the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church in RCIA instruction.
When do the classes begin?
Classes begin on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Classes are held in the lower church meeting room on Mondays evenings from 7:00–8:30 p.m. To register please call the parish office at (717) 394-0669 or James at