Becoming a Catholic

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults- RCIA

For more information email the RCIA Team at

The RCIA is the formal process by which a person seeking a deep and personal relationship with Jesus Christ becomes a member of the Roman Catholic Church. Although the RCIA program has a set time frame and is comprised of several distinct periods and steps on the journey towards full initiation, it is recognized that people enter the RCIA process from different starting points. The RCIA is for adults who:
  • have never been baptized and desire to investigate the Catholic faith;
  • have been baptized in a Christian, but not Catholic denomination, who are considering becoming Catholic;
  • were baptized Catholic but never received Confirmation, First Penance or First Communion, and now wish to complete their initiation and become active Catholics;
  • have never been fully initiated but now wish to return to a more active faith life and refresh their knowledge of Catholic belief and practice.
Volunteers are always welcome and needed as sponsors for those joining the Church and for the catechumenate team. If you wish to be a part of the RCIA Team, please email

The Good News of the Catholic Christian Faith
is a 6-week series at our parish where we will "give an explanation to anyone who asks us for a reason for our hope" (1 Peter 3:15). Essentially, this is a Catholicism 101 series, except with the twist of looking at the faith from the perspective of what it has to offer us in our lives. Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8 pm at Sacred Heart starting September 4. No RSVP required. Whether you are a spiritual seeker or a cradle Catholic, we invite everyone who wants to come and discover or rediscover, The Good News of the Catholic Christian Faith!

RCIA for Children- RCIC (through Grade 5)

For more information contact the Faith Formation Office at 719-633-8711 x104 or email

Full initiation into the Church occurs in stages and includes celebration of the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation. The initiation process is meant to respect the developmental nature of faith growth. It incorporates the catechetical and liturgical stages in a process that allows children to become sensitive to God’s invitation to love, to become familiar with the teachings of the Church, and to experience the community dimension of Church. Sacred Heart Parishioners share this journey of faith through their prayer, witness and companionship.

Children who have reached catechetical age (usually the age of 7) are appropriate candidates for the RCIC process. Children should continue to be enrolled in Religious Formation classes appropriate for their age following their year of preparation in the RCIC.

RCIA for Youth (Grades 6-12)

For more information contact the Faith Formation Office at 719-633-8711 x104 or email

Faith Formation will work with youth interested in joining the Catholic Church and tailor a program specific to the unique situation of the individual.