Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Belong to something MORE…

The Catholic Church is an invitation to a relationship with God and God’s grace that has inspired men and women for centuries to become the fullest version of themselves. As seen in the trailer video below for Bishop Barron’s “Catholicism: The Pivotal Players,” the knowledge and assurance of being Catholic is one that launches men and women into the greatest journey of their life.

Please contact David Heimann at 773-525-3016 or davidheimann@saintandrewchicago.com for information about these and other questions of faith.

Are you on a journey of discovery….

Are you thinking about becoming Catholic or are you a Catholic who feels you could benefit by a program of renewal to better know and understand the truths that God has written in your heart? The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) program at Saint Andrew Parish may be for you.

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 Fr. Sergio baptizes a neophyte (new Catholic) at the Easter Vigil. Often this is the culminating event for those in the RCIA program.

Are you searching for…

 A deeper relationship with God?

A sense of belonging in a faith community?

A greater fulfillment of your mission in life?

A pressure-free, non-judgmental environment where you can explore questions about God, faith, life?

Do you ever wonder …

Whether there is more to life than this?

About the differences between Catholics & other Christian Traditions?

Why Catholics believe / worship / live the way they do?

Pope Francis arrives to greet participants in the Renewal of the Spirit meeting in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican July 3. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-CHARISMATICS July 6, 2015.

If you answered YES to any of these questions, we invite you to consider joining the R.C.I.A. here at Saint Andrew Parish.


The R.C.I.A. stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. It is the process by which adults seek to learn more about the Catholic Church and possibly, to seek membership in the Catholic Church through the reception of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, & Eucharist.


The RCIA is a program of instruction for adults who:

  • are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith;
  • may not have completed the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation, i.e., First Holy Eucharist and Confirmation;
  • those baptized in another Christian faith tradition who would like to become Catholic;
  • were never baptized but would like to become Catholic.
  • Are Catholic, but feel they need to reconnect with the Church through a fuller understanding of her teachings and mysteries.


Persons in the RCIA meet weekly for sessions on a particular theme or teaching of the Catholic Church.

WHEN ARE R.C.I.A. Sessions Held?

R.C.I.A. Sessions (2016-17) are held on Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 PM at the Saint Andrew Rectory, 3546 N. Paulina.

Find out more at one of our information meetings. – Wednesday, August 17 at 7:00 PM and Monday, August 29 at 7:00 PM.


Please contact David Heimann at 773 525 3016 or davidheimann@saintandrewchicago.com for information on how to join the RCIA.