Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

RCIA is the process through which adults are fully initiated in the Catholic Faith community. The process provides for different levels of entry. Please visit our RCIA page for additional information.

St. Gertrude invites non-Catholics interested in learning more about the Catholic Church? Contact us!

R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the process by which non-Catholic adults learn about the Catholic Church and gradually become full members. Every year adults are welcomed into the Catholic Community through RCIA. It is a learning and loving process in which conversion of the heart brings you to Jesus Christ who is our Lord and Saviour.

"The R.C.I.A. is a contemporary approach to our ancient faith."

Participants in past R.C.I.A. classes have come from many different backgrounds, yet all have a common interest in learning about the Catholic Faith. Classes are held each year from September through April.

The RCIA is a journey of faith:

Get more details and register online for RCIA here!

The RCIA is for adults who:


Our RCIA Program is held on Monday nights in the lobby of the Parish Center from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Getting Started

For more information on St. Gertrude Church and the R.C.I.A. program, or if you are interested in being a sponsor or helping in some way, please contact Fr. Gabriel Torretta, O.P. 513-561-5954.

Get more details and register online for RCIA here!

Catechism for Us All

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Learning About Jesus Christ and the Catholic Faith

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) Program and Registration Form

Are you searching for...

  • A deeper relationship with God?
  • An encounter with Jesus Christ?
  • A sense of belonging in a Christian community?
  • A greater fulfillment of your mission in life?

Have you been curious…

  • What makes the Catholic Church different from other Christian churches?
  • Why is there a difference between the Catholic and Protestant Bibles?
  • What is the meaning or purpose of the sacraments?
  • Do Catholics really believe that Jesus is present in Holy Communion?
  • Why and how do Catholics relate to Mary and the saints?
  • What Catholics believe is God's plan for life and sexuality?
  • Get answers to all of your questions about the Catholic faith and explore the invitation to know Jesus Christ and his Church.
  • You do not have to journey alone! Please call Fr. Gabriel Torretta, O.P. if you have questions or would like further information: 513-561-5954.

    • All interested in considering Catholicism or being considered as a sponsor should attend this session.
    • Meet members of the RCIA team and our pastor.
    • All questions will be handled at this session and you may register as a participant or sponsor at this time.

    Who should attend:

    • Catholics who have not been confirmed
    • Christians of other denominations
    • Those belonging to non-Christian faith communities
    • Those who do not believe in a personal God or who are searching for the truth
    • Persons from any race, creed, or culture

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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

    St. Gertrude RCIA 2017-2018 Session Sixteen: Justice

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    Catechism of the Catholic Church

    54 "God, who creates and conserves all things by his Word, provides men with constant evidence of himself in created realities. And furthermore, wishing to open up the way to heavenly salvation - he manifested himself to our first parents from the very beginning." He invited them to intimate communion with himself and clothed them with resplendent grace and justice. --Part 1, Section 1, Chapter 2, Article 1, SubSection 2, Heading 1

    St. Gertrude RCIA 2017-2018 Session Fifteen: Prudence

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    A virtue is a habitual and firm disposition to do the good. Virtue allows the person not only to perform good acts but to give the best of himself. St. Thomas writes that virtue is right reason in action.

    St. Gertrude RCIA 2017-2018 Session Fourteen: Law and Freedom

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    By the glorious Cross, Jesus Christ has won salvation for all men. He redeemed them from the sin that held them in bondage. "For freedom Christ has set us free" and this truth "has set us free. Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."

    St. Gertrude RCIA 2017-2018 Session Seven: Jesus Christ

    In Jesus Christ, God comes to give us not merely knowledge about himself or knowledge of a great ethical system. He comes to bring us God himself. Through his life, death, and resurrection, Jesus heals the Original Tragedy of the first sin, sets us free from the legacy of Original Sin, and sets us on the path to a totally new kind of life: the life of man, redeemed by God.

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