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RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)

Have you thought about becoming Catholic? Do you often wonder why Catholics do things the way they do? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then maybe you are being led to RCIA! RCIA is a process where adults are introduced to the Catholic faith and way of life. Were you baptized Catholic? If so, do you need the Sacraments of the Holy Eucharist or Confirmation? RCIA normally takes 9 months, although it can vary according to personal situations. It includes:
  • The Inquiry Period introduces the interested person to basic information about the Catholic faith and fundamentally communicates the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Inquirers are invited to initial conversion and, although there is no obligation at this time, classes are intended to help them decide whether they would like to continue to learn more about the faith.
  • The Period of the Catechumenate is an extended time in which Catechumens (those not baptized) and Candidates (those validly baptized) are given pastoral formation and guidance aimed at training them in the Christian life.
  • The Period of Purification and Enlightenment, which corresponds with Lent, is intended to increase introspection and coming closer to God. The aim of this period is to eliminate what is weak and sinful and affirm what is holy.
  • The Period of Mystagogy is a special time during Easter in which the neophyte (newly initiated person) deepens their understanding of the mysteries of faith and is more fully immersed in the life of the Church.
Please contact Fr. Gabriel Torretta, O.P. at 513-561-5954, or email him at frgabriel@stgertrude.org, for more information. RCIA Sign Up Webform Click here Latest on top

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Seven: Jesus Christ - God and Man

This session of RCIA covers the central mystery of our faith: who Jesus Christ is. Fr. Gabriel looks at the life of Christ, beginning with the Old Testament revelation that leads toward Christ, walking through the major events of his life, and extending toward the eternal mysteries of our salvation.

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Six: God - Three and One

In this session, Fr. André-Joseph discusses the mystery of the Holy Trinity: how God has revealed himself as One God in Three Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Plus a bit about the angels!

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Five: Creation, Angels, and Human Beings

In this session, Fr. Gabriel talks about how God created the world, and how we can understand the uniqueness of the Christian revelation by comparison with religious myths ancient and modern. Bonus: original sin! Not much on angels, though.

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Four: Divine Revelation - Sacred Tradition

Continuing last week's exploration of Divine Revelation, Fr. Gabriel discusses the nature and meaning of Sacred Tradition.

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Three: Divine Revelation - Sacred Scripture

In this session, Fr. Gabriel begins a two-night series on Divine Revelation by discussing the meaning of the Bible as God's self-revelation to his people.

RCIA 2016-2017: Session Two - Prayer

Fr. Edmund Ditton, O.P., reflects on the meaning of prayer as a communication between persons: God and human beings.

RCIA 2016-2017: Session One - The Pilgrimage to Christ


In this session, Fr. Gabriel Torretta, O.P., explains that the Christian life is a pilgrimage to discover the face of God. RCIA is a privileged opportunity to embark on that journey. What begins here continues for the rest of our lives, as we find the Love that made us for Himself.

RCIA Videos 2016

We asked three people who went through RCIA at St. Gertrude's in 2015-2016 to explain why they became Catholic. The answers are as different as the people themselves, but are united by one thing: the desire for Christ.

RCIA Video 2015

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