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St. Ann Church

612 Wabash Ave

Lafayette, IN 47905



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We would like to welcome you to the Catholic Church.  We are happy you are considering joining the Church and are beginning to ask questions about the faith.

The rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program is the basic process where individuals may learn about the Roman Catholic Faith and, if they wish, begin their journey toward becoming a member of the Church. The program consists of four phases .  Each phase is unique and is designed to help you discern how God is calling you to be a part of his people of faith.  Enclosed are some of the details of the RCIA program.


1. Period of inquiry/Evangelization of Precatechumate: This is a time of no fixed furation or structure, for inqury and introduction to Gospel Values.  If affords the opportunity to learn about the Catholic Faith.  It corresponds to classes that will be offered about the basics of Catholicism.

First Step: The Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens

2. Period of Catechumenate: This is the time during which the catechumen or candidate is nurtured in growth of the faith and conversion to God through celebration of the Word, prayers  of exorcism, blessing, and continued understanding of the Catholic faith.

Second Step: Rite of Election or Rite of Enrollment

These are liturgical rites, celebrated in early Lent, by which the Church formally ratifies the readiness and desire of the catechumens and candidates (now called the elect) for sacraments of initiation.

3. Period of Purification and Enlightenment

This is the time immediately preceding the elect’s initiation at the Easter Vigil.  It is a time of reflection intensely centered on conversion, and its marked by celebration of scrutinies, prayer, instructions and preparation rite on Holy Saturday.

Third Step: Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil Mass

4 Period of Mystagogia or Post-Baptismal Catechesis

This is the time following initiation into the Church during which the newly initiated experience being fully a part of the Catholic Christian community by means of pertinent catechesis and, particularly, by participation with all the faithful in the Sunday Eucharistic celebrations.  It is a time to delve more deeply into the mysteries of our faith.



How to Get Started Beginning the RCIA Process


You can begin by contacting the Pastor at the number on the front of this brochure.  You may wish to begin by taking the classes offered in September.  This 13 week program is designed for anyone, Catholic nor not, who wishes to know more about the faith. 

 When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?"

They replied, "Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets."

He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"

Simon Peter said in reply, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God."

Jesus said to him in reply, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.

And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.

I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."  (Matthew 16:13-19)


Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the multitude [of the people] also be; even as, wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the CatholicChurch. (The Epistle of Ignatius to the Smyrnaeans)