Thinking of joining the Roman Catholic Church? RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, the process by which an adult person enters into full communion with the Catholic Church. Candidates are gradually introduced into the beliefs and practices of the Church.

Who should attend RCIA?

  • Catechumens (unbaptized persons) and baptized Christians who wish to become Catholic, and/or are interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith.
  • Baptized Catholics who have not received other Sacraments (Communion, Reconciliation, Confirmation), and/or have been away from the Catholic Church for an extended period of time.
  • Any non-Catholic who wishes to learn more about the Catholic Faith.

Classes meet September through Easter. If interested in becoming Catholic, please call the office 601-924-6344 or email at

Schedule for 2022-2023: Class meets at 6:00 p.m. in the RE building.

Inquiry Stage
Sept. 13 – Welcome to RCIA, process and rites
Sept. 27 – Catholic prayers and practices, the Lord’s prayer, the Creed
Oct. 4 – The Bible and Divine Revelation
Oct. 18 – What is Faith? Church Community and Jesus & the Holy Trinity
Nov. 1 – Mary & the Saints
Nov. 15 – A walk through the Mass and places in the Catholic Church
Nov. 29 – The early Church and Church history

Catechumenate Stage
Dec. 6 – An introduction to the Sacraments; Baptism & Confirmation
Jan. 17 – The Sacrament of the Eucharist
Jan. 31 – The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation
Feb. 7 – The Sacrament of Matrimony
Feb. 21 – Lent (Ash Wednesday Feb. 22)
March 7 – The Sacraments of Holy Orders; religious life, who shepherds the Church
March 21 – The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

Enlightenment Stage
March 28 – Living Lent and Holy Week ( Palm Sunday April 2)
April 8 – Easter Vigil; Reception into the Church
April 11 – Mystagogy: conversion, spiritual gifts, living the virtues