Become Catholic

 

Curious about the Catholic faith? Open to becoming a Catholic Christian?
Want to grow in discipleship and in relationship with Jesus?

 

Our Becoming Catholic team helps people who are inquiring about the Catholic faith and those who are considering joining the Catholic Church. We also help those who have been away from the Church return at a pace that is comfortable for them. We'd love to talk with you to find out where you are in your faith journey and how we can help!

First Step

The first step is to schedule a one-on-one meeting with a Becoming Catholic team member. At that meeting, we listen to your faith story and discover how we can best help you on your spiritual journey in the areas of word, worship, witness and community (see Acts 2:42-43).
 

Next Steps

The next step is creating an individualized faith formation map to guide you on your journey.* Depending on your needs and desires, we may then match you with a faith journey companion or sponsor. After that, in addition to attending Mass, you may:

  • continue to meet one-on-one
  • begin attending inquiry or formation sessions
  • participate in study or faith sharing groups

*You will receive a schedule, formation resources, and more details at your one-on-one meeting. Please note that, depending on your faith background, the length and pace of your faith journey may differ from others.


Sessions and Rites

As part of your journey, you may attend group inquiry and formation sessions that usually meet on Thursdays from 7-8:30 pm. Some sessions meet on different days and at different times.

You may be encouraged to attend Scripture reflection sessions based on the Mass readings. These sessions meet on Sundays as part of the 8am Mass.

Your faith journey will also likely include special special liturgies, retreats, and service opportunities.

 

What is the RCIA?

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is the process that unbaptized adults go through to become Catholic and be fully initiated into the church. It is more than just learning the history, rules and regulations. It is building a relationship with God and the worshiping community. Click here to learn more about the RCIA on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website.

Please note that adults who have already been validly baptized follow a path customized to their needs and previous faith journey. The timing of each person's journey is based on his or her individual needs.

 

More Information?

For more information or to schedule a one-on-one meeting, contact Faye Akers at fakers@saintfrancischurch.org or call (515) 440-1030.

Click here to view and print a copy of the most recent Becoming Catholic brochure.

 

Already Catholic? Called to walk with another on a faith journey?

If you're already Catholic, we're happy to talk with those who may be called as:

  • prayer partners
  • hospitality or session hosts
  • faith story tellers
  • faith companions or sponsors
  • catechists
  • small group facilitators

This is a great opportunity to learn more and grow in your faith, too! Click here for an expanded description of each of these roles. Click here to complete our parish ministry application.

For more information, contact Faye Akers at (515) 440-1030 ext 104 or fakers@saintfrancischurch.org

 

Past Sessions & Resources

While attending Mass is the best way to learn about the Catholic faith, we also offer inquiry and formation sessions for those considering the Catholic faith. Here are links to video segments, presentation slides, and handouts from some of the sessions we offer.

 

A Catholic Approach to Scripture (with Jason Collins, M.A.)
Dec 7, 2017
In this session, Jason gives an overview of how Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture work together to help Catholics read and interpret the Bible.

 

Liturgical Year (with Jerry Murphy)
Nov 16, 2017
In this session, Jerry gives an overview of key periods in the Liturgical Year.

 

Reconciliation & God's Mercy (with Fr. Ray McHenry)
Nov 10, 2017
In this session, Fr. Ray gives an overview of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. As part of the presentation, two Becoming Catholic team members demonstrate with the help of Fr. Ray how to celebrate the sacrament.

 

Catholic Social Teaching (with Tom Chapman)
November 2, 2017
In this session, Iowa Catholic Conference Director Tom Chapman discusses the four principles of faithful citizenship and the process of conscience formation.

 

Mary and the Rosary (with Tim Falk and Jerry Murphy)
October 19, 2017
In this session, Jerry shares history of the Rosary and its importance to Catholics and Tim shares what we know of Mary through scripture and her role as the first disciple.

 

The Eucharist & Communion (with Tim and Janis Falk)
September 28, 2017
In this session, Tim discusses how during Liturgy of the Eucharist the Holy Spirit comes to bring us into communion with Christ and so to form his body. Using a presentation from the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Janis demonstrates the importance of the co-mingling of the elements of water and wine at the time of consecration in the Mass.

 

Sacraments: Baptism and Confirmation (with Janis Falk)
September 21, 2017
In this session, Janis Falk discusses the Sacraments of baptism and confirmation.

 

The Creed: Four Marks of the Catholic Church (with Tim Falk)
September 14, 2017
In this session, Tim Falk explains the creed as it relates to the Church as one, holy, catholic and apostolic.

 

The Creed: Holy Trinity & Christology (with Tim Falk)
September 7, 2017
In this session, Tim Falk explains the history of the creed as it relates to the Holy Trinity and who Christ is.

 

Marriage & Ordination (with Deacon Bill & Kayla Richer)

 

March 23, 2017
Deacon Bill and Kayla Richer share the story of their vocational call to marriage and ordination.

  • Watch Part 1 of the presentation.
  • Watch Part 2 of the presentation.


The Paschal Mystery (with Dr. Matt Halbach)
Mar 10, 2017
In this session, Dr. Halbach explains the Paschal Mystery (Christ's passing through death, from this life into eternal glory) as a way to help us prepare for Holy Week and Easter.

 

The Jewish Roots of the Eucharist (with Kayla Richer and Debbie Chalik)
Feb 23, 2017
In this 40-min session, Kayla and Debbie look at the Jewish roots of the Eucharist and compare it with the Passover.