Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Are you interested in learning more about Jesus and the Catholic Faith?  This program is for you!  The RCIA process has several distinct stages:

  • Inquiry: this is the initial stage to learn about Jesus and the Catholic faith.
  • Catechumenate: In this stage you are being trained for a life in Christ and developing your faith as a Catholic.
  • Purification and Preparation: Here the Church will help you focus and intensity your faith as you prepare to be received into the Catholic Church at Easter.
  • Initiation: The columination of the whole process.
  • Mystagogy: A period of reflection about the mysteries of the Mass and Sacraments.

RCIA Schedule – 2018-2019

  1. Key Dates
  • Friday, September 7th, 2018: Class begins in Spanish.
  • English start date TBA.  Please check back.
  • First Sunday of Advent – December 2nd, 2018
  • Ash Wednesday – March 6th, 2019
  • Easter Sunday – April 21st, 2019
  • Pentecost – June 9th, 2019


  1. Rites {Sponsors and participants must attend all Rites}. Sponsors are strongly encouraged to accompany participants to class and to bring them to Mass.}


  1. Unbaptized persons:
  • Rite of Acceptance: First Sunday of Advent, December 2nd, 2018 at Sunday Mass
  • Rite of Election: March 10th, 2019, at Sunday Mass.


  1. Expectations: It is expected that you will attend
  • All the Catechism classes,
  • Participate in all the Rites and ceremonies that pertain to you
  • November 30th, 2018
  1. Candidates/Catechumens must submit all the required Sacramental Records.
  2. Candidates/Catechumens must submit names of their sponsors.


  1. The Scrutinies
  • First Scrutiny – Sunday, March 24th, 2019 at Mass
  • Second Scrutiny – Sunday, March 31st, 2019   at Mass
  • Third Scrutiny – Sunday, April 7th, 2019,      at Mass


  1. Liturgical Calendar Day Date NOTES
  • All Saints: Thursday Nov. 1st 2018 {Come to Mass}
  • First Sunday of Advent:   December 2nd, 2018
  • Immaculate Conception: December 8th 2018 {Come to Mass}
  • Rite or Welcome / Rite of Acceptance (see notes above) Second Sunday of Advent: December 9th, 2018 {Come to Mass}
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe: December 12th 2018
  • Christmas Day December 25th, 2018 {Come to Mass}
  • Holy Family Sunday December 30th, 2018 {Feast Day for Holy Family Parish}
  • Mother of God January 1st, 2019 {Come to Mass}
  • Holy Week: Palm Sunday April 14th, 2019 {Come to Mass}
  • Holy Thursday April 18th, 2019 {Come to Mass}
  • Good Friday April 19th, 2019 {Attend a Good Friday service today}
  • Holy Saturday April 20th, 2019: Validations, Confessions and Rehearsal {Morning}; Celebration of Sacraments of Initiation at Easter Vigil Mass.


  1. Period of Mystagogia – As deemed necessary by the Clergy/Catechist
  2. Material used for RCIA/RCIA: any that is approved by the Diocese of Cheyenne, tailored to the needs of the Class as determined by the Clergy/Catechist.