Everyone is called to be Catholic. Since we firmly believe that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life and that body of Christ subsists in the Catholic Church, St. Gertrude Church is happy to be welcome new Catholics. We believe in preparing you to enjoy the life of prayer and the knowledge of God.
If you are interested in becoming Catholic, no matter how far along you are in the journey, feel free to contact us.
St. Gertrude has weekly spiritual and theological formation for adults entering the Church. We will begin on Sept. 16 and
continue until Pentecost (the end of Easter). Meetings comprise theological instruction, a period of group prayer, and discussion. We meet Monday nights from 7 pm to 9 pm in the parish center. In addition to those interested in joining the Catholic faith, Catholics looking to understand Church teaching more deeply are invited to attend.
Formation meetings are part of the program for non-Christians, who are seeking baptism, non-Catholic Christians, who are seeking full communion with Church, and people who were baptized Catholics but never received the other sacraments. Catholics seeking Confirmation as adults are often asked to participate to receive adult-level instruction in the faith.
Classes are usually taught by Dominican priests with lay leaders helping to promote prayer and lead discussions. Members of the parish community participate as sponsors connecting new Catholics, or those interested in becoming Catholic, the wider St. Gertrude community.
What is RCIA?
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is the series of rituals (rites) which lead up to and include baptism for adults. These rites mark the Church year as the catechumen, one preparing for baptism, prepares to enter the Church. There are parallel rites celebrated for non-Catholic Christians.
How do I get involved?
We will send out periodic updates throughout the process. Sign up with Flocknote to be the email list. We will also use Flocknote to send out SMS messages about last-minute changes. You can also sign-up for an appointment with Fr. Clement, O.P. the RCIA director.