RCIA

We are happy that you are interested in learning more about RCIA and the Catholic faith. Our goal is to be as supportive as possible on your journey.

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is the process by which  non-Catholics learn about the Catholic faith and way of life. It is a spiritual formation process culminating with entry into the Catholic Church with the celebration of the Sacraments of Baptism (if not previously baptized in a Christian denomination), Confirmation, and the Eucharist. 

From your perspective, RCIA is a time of discernment; an opportunity to get a basic understanding of the teachings of the Catholic Church as well as experience the spiritual side of the faith. It is a time to ask questions and determine if the Catholic faith is right for you. Each person’s faith journey is unique and there is never any pressure for you to become Catholic.

What can you expect if you are part of RCIA? First, realize that Good Shepherd has year round RCIA which means that the door to start is always open. Second, know that one does not simply complete a registration form to become Catholic. The teachings of the 2,000-year-old Catholic Church are understandably very wide and very deep. It takes time to gain a basic understanding of these teachings and RCIA provides that venue.

RCIA is a period of reflection, prayer, instruction, discernment, and formation.  At Good Shepherd RCIA sessions are on Monday nights from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. There is no set timetable but it usually takes about a year for most to complete the process. In addition to Monday nights, attendees are encouraged to attend 9:00 AM Sunday Mass and scripture study (9:00 to 10:00 AM) as well as meet with Father Ron about once a quarter to discuss their individual journey. 

 Is it worth it? We, of course, think so but only you can answer that question for yourself. For sure, you will make some wonderful new friends, have a lot of fun, greatly expand your knowledge of the bible and teachings of the Catholic Church and we think your spiritual life will grow as well. We hope to hear from you soon. 

We welcome you and are excited that you are interested in learning more about our beautiful Catholic faith.  

You may be wondering:  Will I feel pressured to become a Catholic?

Not at all. We want to help you discern God's will for you at this moment in your life. We provide knowledge about the teachings of the Catholic faith, answers to your questions and a wonderful environment for spiritual growth.

To take the next steps...

(1) Complete the RCIA Inquirer’s Form

(2) Contact Father Ron Mohnickey to schedule an appointment.

Click here to access the RCIA Inquirer’s Form.   To schedule an appointment with Father Ron, contact him at 817-421-1387 or  . If you simply have questions, Father Ron will be happy to help you with those as well.  

If you have already been baptized Catholic and have NOT received the sacraments of First Holy Communion or Confirmation...

OR 

You have received the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation, but have fallen away from the Church and want to return... 

Here are your next steps:

(1) Complete the RCIA Inquirer’s Form

(2) Contact Father Ron Mohnickey to schedule an appointment.

Click here to access the RCIA Inquirer’s Form.   To schedule an appointment with Father Ron, contact him at 817-421-1387 or  . If you simply have questions, Father Ron will be happy to help you with those as well.  

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q:  What is RCIA? 

A:  A process to introduce the teachings of the Catholic Church to individuals who wish to learn more about Catholicism including the opportunity to become a member of the Catholic Church. 

Q:  How do I sign up for RCIA? 

A:  To sign up, contact Father Ron at 817-421-1387 ext. 221 or  . You can also leave your contact information with the parish office and Father Ron will contact you. 

Q:  When and where are the RCIA sessions held? 

A:  The RCIA sessions are held each Monday night in the parish center from 7:00 PM to approximately 9:00 PM. 

Q:  What is the format of the sessions? 

A:  The sessions typically begin with food and hospitality, followed by prayer, teaching, questions and answers, and small group discussion. 

Q:  What is the cost for attending RCIA? 

A:  Good Shepherd Catholic Community provides all that is needed. There is no cost to you to attend RCIA. 

Q:  May I bring my spouse/fiance to the sessions? 

A:  Yes. We strongly encourage your spouse/fiance to attend the sessions with you. 

Q:  If I have been baptized in another church, do I need to be baptized again? 

A:  In most cases, you do NOT need to be baptized again. The Catholic Church requires that you were baptized with water, in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We will request a copy of your baptismal certificate or other proof of baptism from the church where you were baptized. Proof of baptism may include a church letter, a membership record indicating that you were baptized, etc. 

Q:  I was told I need a sponsor who is a baptized and confirmed Catholic and is in good standing in the Catholic Church and who will attend the sessions with me. What if I don’t know anyone who could do that? 

A:  Don’t worry. We have people who volunteer to fulfill the sponsor role. They will attend the sessions with you. 

Q:  Can a Catholic attend to learn more about their faith? 

A:  Yes, all are invited.

WELCOME HOME!