Questions about the Catholic Church… Interested in becoming a Catholic?

Welcome!  If you have come to this page you have taken a first step in learning more about the Catholic Church and with God’s grace becoming a member of the Catholic Church.

Being Catholic is not so much a destination as it is a journey, a lifelong journey, toward salvation through our Lord, Jesus Christ.  The Lord Jesus founded the Church (See Matthew 16:18).  Beginning with the Apostles and continuing down to our day, the Church continues to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28: 18-20).  The Lord remains with us through his Church.  Everyone is invited to participate in the Church and join in its mission.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (often abbreviated RCIA) is the process through which interested adults are gradually introduced to the Catholic faith.  It is the beginning step to a journey of faith and a relationship with our Lord and his Church.

Fill out the form here, call the rectory or email rcia@sjbstl.org if you are interesting in learing more about becoming Catholic or joining the RCIA program.

Did you go through RCIA at St. John’s? You are an RCIA alum then! Want to join us as we support current catechumens and RCIA candidates and continue to learn about the faith? Fill out this form with your feedback and we will get in touch with you!


Additional Links about RCIA and the Catholic Faith:

Archdiocesan webpage on the RCIA: http://www.archstl.org/becomingcatholic/

What We Believe

Catholic Answers, a lay organization in San Diego, has lots of information for people inquiring about anything Catholic.  They are the producers of the Catholic Answers radio program: http://www.catholic.com/

There is an organization for Catholics who have been away from the faith and want to return called Catholics Come Home: http://www.catholicscomehome.org/

The Vatican has a website (and somewhere a facebook page for the Pope!).  This is the link to the English page: http://www.vatican.va/phome_en.htm0nIkVWKSqDBtp

Catholic Information Service: http://www.kofc.org/un/en/cis/index.html

The Veritas Series has podcasts and booklets on topics starting with the Ten Comandments through Q and A on the Faith and lots of topics in between

The Catholic Home Study Service: http://www.amm.org/chss.htm
is jointly sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, and the Vincentian Community at the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal in Perryville Missouri.

Correspondence courses are great for shut-ins, busy parents with young children, and persons with work schedules that don’t permit attendance at a formal class.

The Catholic Education Resource Center:  http://www.catholiceducation.org/