Become Catholic

Curious about the Catholic faith?

Have you been thinking about becoming Catholic? Come hear faith stories, meet other inquirers and ask questions in a relaxed environment. No commitment required.

Thursday, Sept 12
6:30-7pm (Self-guided church tour available)
7-8:30 pm (Inquiry session)
St. Clare Room
Questions? Contact Faye Akers at or call (515) 440-1030.


How do I become Catholic?

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 comfortable pace. 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 do one or more of the following:

  • 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. Rites take place and sacraments are conferred when both the individual and the parish are ready, and prayerful discernment is always a part of each person's journey.

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 asked to attend Scripture reflection sessions based on the Mass readings. These sessions typically 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 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.


What if I'm already baptized? What if I'm a Catholic seeking to be confirmed?

Adults who have already been validly baptized (including Baptized Catholics wanting to be confirmed) follow a path customized as much as possible to their unique needs and previous faith journey. It is very likely that the length and pace of your faith journey may differ from others. Rites take place and sacraments are conferred when both the individual and the parish are ready, and prayerful discernment is always a part of each person's journey.


More Information?

For more information or to schedule a one-on-one meeting, contact Faye Akers at 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


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.


Liturgical Year & Lent (with Jerry Murphy)
March 7, 2019
In this session, Jerry Murphy gives an overview of the season of Lent.


What We Believe: The Creed (with Tim Falk)
February 21, 2019
In this session, Tim Falk explains the creed as it relates to the Church as one, holy, catholic and apostolic.


Eucharist Sign of Unity (with Tim Falk)
January 29, 2019
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. In part 2, Tim uses the circulatory system to share why we receive the Eucharist.


Sacraments: Baptism and Confirmation (with John Gaffney)
January 10, 2018
In this session, John Gaffney discusses the Sacraments of baptism and confirmation.


A Scriptural Walk Through the Nativity (with Tim Falk)
December 13, 2018
In this session, Tim looks at the Nativity stories as recounted in the Gospels including similarities and differences between them.


Liturgical Year (with Jerry Murphy)
November 15, 2018
In this session, Jerry gives an overview of key periods in the Liturgical Year.


Reconciliation Q & A with Father Ray
November 09, 2018
In this session, Fr. Ray gives a brief overview on the Sacrament of Reconciliation and answers questions about the sacrament.


Catholic Social Teaching (with Ken Bresnan)
October 19, 2018
In this session, Ken Bresnan discusses the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching and explains how forming one's conscience is an important responsibility of all Catholics.


The Creed: Holy Trinity & Christology (with Tim Falk)
October 11, 2018
In this session, Tim Falk explains the history of the creed as it relates to the Holy Trinity and who Christ is.


Jesus & the Sacraments (with Jerry Murphy)
Oct 5, 2018
In this session, Jerry Murphy discusses the sacraments of initiation, healing, and service and shares scriptural references for all seven sacraments of the Catholic Church.

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.


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.



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.



      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.