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We are happy you are interested in learning more about RCIA and the Catholic faith. Our goal is to be as supportive as possible on your journey!

The Rite of Christian initiation for Adults (RCIA) is the process by which non-Catholics learn about the Catholic faith and way of life.  It is a spiritual formation process culminating with entry into the Catholic Church with the celebration of the Sacraments of Baptism (if not previously baptized in a Christian denomination), Confirmation, and the Eucharist.

 

From your perspective, RCIA is a time of discernment; an opportunity to get a basic understanding of the teachings of the Catholic Church, as well as experience the spiritual side of the faith.  It is a time to ask questions and determine if the Catholic faith is right for you.  Each person’s faith journey is unique and there is never any pressure for you to become Catholic. The teachings of the 2,000-year-old Catholic Church are understandably very wide and very deep.  It takes time to gain a basic understanding of these teachings and RCIA provides that venue.

 

RCIA is a period of reflection, prayer, instruction, discernment and formation.  In 2021, sessions will be held Tuesday evenings from 7-9 in Conference Room Two beginning September 7 and ends with the Easter Vigil.

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Is it worth it? We, of course, think so, but only you can answer that question for yourself. For sure, you will make some wonderful new friends, greatly expand your knowledge of the bible and teachings of the Catholic Church and we believe your spiritual life will grow as well. We hope to hear from you soon!

I'm not Catholic...


We welcome you and are excited that you are interested in learning more about our beautiful Catholic faith. You may be wonderfing: Will I feel pressured to become a Catholic? Not at all. We want to help you discern God's will for you at this moment in your life. We provide knowledge about the teachings of the Catholic faith, answers to your questions and a wonderful environment for spiritual growth. To take the next steps...

  1. Complete the RCIA Inquirer's Form (to easily send by email, please use an Adobe Acrobat reader)
  2. Contact Kim Barbour, RCIA Coordinator to schedule an appointment. Contact her at (952) 270-4665 or email: rcia@stjohn-bartlesville.org
If you simply have questions, Kim will be happy to help you with those as well!




I'm Catholic...


Welcome Home! If you have already been baptized Catholic and have NOT received the Sacraments of First Holy Communion or Confirmation... OR You have received the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation, but have fallen away from the Church and want to return... Here are your next steps:

  1. Complete the RCIA Inquirer's Form (to easily send by email, please use an Adobe Acrobat reader)
  2. Contact Kim Barbour, RCIA Coordinator to schedule an appointment. Contact her at (952) 270-4665 or email: rcia@stjohn-bartlesville.org.
If you have questions, Kim will be happy to help you with those as well.





Frequently Asked Questions

What is RCIA?


A process to introduce the teachings of the Catholic Church to individuals who wish to learn more about Catholicism including the opportunity to become a member of the Catholic Church.




How do I sign up for RCIA?


To sign up, contact Kim Barbour at (952) 270-4665 or email: rcia@stjohn-bartlesville.org or you can also leave your contact information with the Parish Office at (918) 336-4354 and Kim will contact you.




When and where are the RCIA sessions held?


The RCIA sessions are held each Tuesday evening in St. John's Conference Room Two from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.




What is the format of the sessions?


The sessions typically begin with food and hospitality, followed by prayer, teaching, questions and answers, and small group discussions.




What is the cost for attending RCIA?


There is no cost to you to attend. The Catholic Community of Bartlesville provides all that is needed.




May I bring my spouse/fiancé to attend the sessions with me?


Absolutely. We encourage your spouse/fiancé to attend the sessions with you.




If I have been baptized in another church, do I need to be baptized again?


In most cases, you do NOT need to be baptized again. The Catholic Church requries that you were baptized with water, in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We will request a copy of your baptismal certificate or other proof of baptism from the church where you were baptized. Proof of baptism may include a church letter, a membership record indicating that you were baptized, etc.




I was told I need a sponsor who is baptized and confirmed Catholic and is in good standing with the Catholic Church and will attend the sessions with me. What if I don't know anyone who could do that?


Don't worry. We have people who volunteer to fulfill the sponsor role. They will attend the sessions with you.




Can a Catholic attend to learn more about their faith?


Yes! All are invited to attend.





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Meet New Catholic, Selena Johnson and her Faith Journey That Led Her Home to the Catholic Church

“RCIA was a blessing with all those who God put around me,” Selina says. “There were wonderful people who came into my life. God has blessed me very intensely by putting the right people in my life.”