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 Lawain McNeil 513-561-5954 ext 1123.

Get more details and register online for RCIA here!

Catechism for Us All

Contact Name(s): 
Lawain McNeil
Contact Phone Number(s): 
513-561-5954 ext. 1123

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 Lawain McNeil if you have questions or would like further information: 513-561-5954 ext 1123 or lmcneil@stgertrude.org.

    • 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

    Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter - May 10, 2018

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    Fr. Roger Lopez, OFM, Franciscan Media
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    Lectionary: 294
    Reading 1 ACTS 18:1-8

    Paul left Athens and went to Corinth.
    There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus,
    who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla

    St. Gertrude RCIA Session Thirty-Two 2017-2018: The Four Last Things

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    The Church teaches that life after death consists of four last things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell.

    St. Gertrude RCIA Session Twenty-Five 2017-2018: Vocations & Vocations: Marriage

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    The vocation to marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman as they came from the hand of the Creator.

    St. Gertrude RCIA Session Twenty-Four 2017-2018: The Sacraments - Penance and Anointing

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    The Sacrament of Penance consists in restoring us to God's grace and joining us with him in intimate friendship.

    Saturday of the First Week of Lent - February 24, 2018

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    Deacon Bernard Nojadera, Child and Youth Protection
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    Lectionary: 229
    Reading 1 DT 26:16-19

    Moses spoke to the people, saying:
    "This day the LORD, your God,
    commands you to observe these statutes and decrees.
    Be careful, then,

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