Becoming Catholic – RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)

Welcome!  If you are on this page, you most likely are considering learning more about the Catholic faith and what that process entails.

At Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, the RCIA process is led by a dedicated team of parishioners.  The process is much like an apprenticeship in the Catholic faith where the person becomes part of the OLMC faith community, participating in the life of the parish including worship, parish events and service opportunities.

Adults interested in the RCIA will meet with the director upon inquiry.  This meeting gives inquirers the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and the process.  We like to try to tailor our process to those who come forward, so this meeting gives us the chance to determine how we can best meet your needs.

We gather every Thursday evening from 7 pm – 9 pm.  Our formal sessions begin in September, however, we will meet informally from the time a person comes forward.

Each participant will be paired with a “parish sponsor,” someone who will accompany the participant on their journey.  If there is someone in the person’s life who would like to attend the meetings with them, we most certainly welcome them!

This process culminates with full acceptance into the Church at the Easter Vigil service which takes place the Saturday evening of Easter weekend. The next Easter Vigil will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2019.   The process finishes up with four follow-up meetings follow the Easter Vigil, which is the called the period of Mystagogy (exploring the “mystery of faith”).

We would be honored to accompany you on your “journey of faith” as you explore the Catholic Church. If you have any questions, please contact Margaret Pinas, Director of Adult Faith Formation & RCIA at 630-852-3303, on at

We look forward to meeting you!

Who can participate in the process?

  • Those who are not baptized
  • Those who were baptized in another Christian tradition and who seek to enter Full Communion with the Catholic Church
  • Baptized Catholics who never had the opportunity to receive Holy Communion and Confirmation.

Those who seek to join the Catholic Church become members of the Catechumenate: an ongoing process that meets people where they are on their faith journey and gently initiates them into the life of the parish and the Catholic Church. 


There are four phases to the RCIA process:

INQUIRY – This period will provide you with the following:

  • A time for getting acquainted
  • A time for awakening to where you are in faith
  • A time for recognizing the Lord in your life
  • A time for sharing the Gospel message


  • Evening sessions of question, input, and sharing about the fundamentals of faith


  • A time for formal learning about Catholicism
  • A time for praying about your journey of faith
  • A time for growing in faith by developing an understanding of Church teachings


  • Rite of Acceptance into the Catechumenate for the unbaptized
  • Rite of Welcome for those already baptized who are preparing for full communion
  • Call to Continuing Conversion of those already baptized
  • Breaking Open the Word – Adult Catechumens and Candidates are dismissed from Mass after the Liturgy of the Word with a Catechetical team member to explore the Sunday readings.
  • In addition, catechetical sessions are held weekly on Thursday evenings.


  • A time for purifying and preparing for Easter through special Sunday rituals and special enrichment activities.


  • Sunday Celebration of the Rite of Election of Catechumens – those preparing for Baptism
  • Breaking Open the Word sessions continue on Sundays through Lent
  • Thursday evenings sessions offer continued prayer, questions, discussion and reflection
  • EASTER VIGIL – Time of commitment for the Elect (those seeking baptism)
  • RITE OF RECEPTION into the full communion of the Roman Catholic Church for those already baptized in another Christian tradition or the Catholic Tradition


  • A time of nurturance
  • A time for discovery of gifts in new members. Sessions continue after Easter to reflect together on the mystery of our Easter experience and how we can share that experience in Ministry and Community

PENTECOST:  The Journey Continues

For information call:  Margaret Pinas in the Adult Formation office: 630-852-3303 ext. 105 or send an inquiry to Margaret at