Rite of Christian Initiation For Adults (RCIA)

What is RCIA?

This is the Church's invitation to seekers who want to discover a satisfying answer to their spiritual hungers. Her invitation is rich to seekers, old and new. To those who might label themselves as alienated or indifferent, the Church offers Jesus Christ and his love- the fulfillment of hope. The Church offers a way of belonging that teaches truths that free one from sin and its power. The Church initiates members into an intimate relationship with God- indeed, into a participation in the divine life- where one will find genuine joy and fulfillment. This is all possible because of Jesus Christ and his love.
~United States Catholic Catechism for Adults

Who Is Invited?

RCIA is for all adults who, in hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God, and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit calls to their hearts. RCIA respects the developmental manner that we as adults continue to grow throughout life.

Therefore the RCIA process is also open to those interested in learning more about the Catholic Church, even though they may not be ready to make a commitment at this times, as well as to those Catholics who are interested in exploring their Catholic faith. 

Sacramental Preparation for:
  • Those who feel this is the time to begin a journey toward Baptism.
  • Those baptized Christians who wish to explore entering into full communion in the Catholic faith.
  • Those baptized Catholic who wish to complete their Sacraments of Initiation of Confirmation and first Eucharist.

The Journey Toward Christ:

Faith in Jesus Christ is a precious gift of God's divine love and mercy. It is God who initiates this wonderful movement in a person's life, and continues to nurture this faith in Jesus Christ through the gifts of the Holy Spirit. RCIA facilitates one's journey in faith and helps a person to grow into the reality of eternal life.

We gather together to explore the treasures of the Catholic faith. We learn about the person of Jesus and to develop an intimate friendship with our Savior through prayer, scripture study, exploration of Catholic beliefs and practices, Eucharistic worship, and fellowship.

RCIA includes various liturgical rites that are celebrated on the way to full membership in the Catholic Church. The journey is marked by these rites which celebrate what has been reflected upon and received. Thus they are liturgical landmarks, public celebrations of a deepening acceptance of the Lord's call and steps in a process of coming to a greater knowledge of Christ and His Church.

When and Where

In the city of Winona, we run a joint RCIA program with all the area Catholic Churches as well as Winona State University and Saint Mary's University.

We meet weekly on Tuesday evenings from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in the St. Thomas Room. Classes begin in late September and conclude with the celebration of Pentecost.

The journey is always a beginning! If you have felt the first stirrings of interest in discovering what it means to know who Jesus is and what it means to be a Catholic Christian, please come and join us for the journey.

Sign Up

​To receive more information, call the Rectory Office, 507-452-4470 or email atherneau@cathedralwinona.org. Leave give your name, telephone number, and email. A member of the RCIA team will contact you.