Becoming Catholic (RCIA)

How you can join the Catholic Church

Who are we?

Catholics are disciples of Jesus Christ who seek to follow the path that He has marked for us, which calls on us to love God and each other.

The choice to follow Jesus is not always easy.  Much of what we believe is counter-cultural and calls each one of us into a special relationship with God. By choosing to follow Jesus, we choose to live our lives in a particular way – His way. We are guided by Sacred Scripture and the teachings of the Church, and our pilgrimage is made easier since we walk together in faith.

Why join the Catholic Church?

If you are asking the question, perhaps God is leading you to an answer.

We believe you will find the fullness of Christianity in the teaching of the Catholic Church. Acceptance of Jesus Christ as your personal savior may not provide an immediate answer to all your problems, but as a Christian you will experience a joy that can be found in no other way.

Only you can truly answer the question about joining our Church. Jesus invites us to follow Him. The Catholic Church invites you to come and see the way we live our Christian call. Join us, watch us, and observe our worship service, preaching, sacraments, teaching, and simple day-to-day living.

Tell me more about joining your Church

You can seek membership in the Catholic Church through a process known as RCIA – the “Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.” A similar program runs concurrently each year for children who want to join our community. The RCIA offers you the opportunity to learn how a relationship with God can change your life. It is an opportunity to see what the Catholic Church believes and how we live our faith. Many people have preconceived ideas about the Catholic Church. In the RCIA process, we will study the Scriptures, discuss Catholic teaching, and most importantly, get a true, good and honest idea about what the Catholic Church is really all about.

What if I change my mind?

That’s always your choice. Each of us chooses the path that he or she will walk in this life. By coming to an RCIA meeting, you’re not making a commitment to join the Church. This is a time to explore and have your questions answered.

Along the way, you will decide if the Catholic Church is to become your home. Though the RCIA process, thousands of people in Southeastern Michigan join the Catholic Church each year.

What do I do now?

Searching for truth is perhaps the most important thing we can do in our lives. If you have questions, or are interested in finding out about the RCIA, contact Deacon Jerry Schiffer at the parish offices at (313) 274-4500.

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