We have a year-round program, so you can join anytime!

  • During the "school year", join us Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:30am in the upstairs Media Center
  • Links for the schedule can be found below


*Want to learn more about the Catholic Church?

*Feel something missing in your life?

*Lacking any Sacraments?

Our RCIA group here at JGS has a fun, relaxed atmosphere for anyone wanting to learn more about the Catholic faith, ask questions, and explore any desires to become a full member of the Catholic Church (including baptism, communion, and confirmation). We will enjoy discussion, presenters, and videos while growing in our faith together. We meet every Sunday between Masses (9:30-10:30am) from Fall through Spring. We also have socials during the summer.


Catholicism is a way of life and becoming Catholic is a journey in faith. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.) is a process, rooted in history, which seeks to do more than simply give interested persons information.

Becoming Catholic involves entering into relationship with a community of God's people. Our hope is that you will enjoy a deeper relationship with God as you also become acquainted with members of JGS and the Catholic Church throughout the world.

This is a unique time for you. You will no doubt notice how your own life experiences and beliefs have brought you to this point as you listen to God's invitation. At the same time, members of the parish are praying for you, attending classes with you, and sharing their own life stories as Catholics.


How long does it take?

The Rite of Christian Initiation is not a program of exact timing. It is the gradual process of a spiritual journey which may take a short period of time or a number of years. Our program is year-round, so you can join anytime. We normally offer the RCIA program from the early fall through the winter with the Sacraments of Initiation being received at Easter. The period of Mystagogy is a short time following Easter.

What if I was baptized in another church?

Once your baptism is verified, you will not be baptized again. In the Rite of Initiation, those who have received baptism will make a profession of faith in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and will receive the sacraments of First Eucharist and Confirmation.

What is the first step?

If you are seriously considering becoming a Catholic, or would simply like more information about the Catholic Faith, please contact Kelley Magnuson at 410-257-3810 x14 or adultfaith@ccjgs.org

What is the process?

The Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) is the process by which an interested person becomes a member of the Catholic Church. This is a gradual process within the community of the faithful. It is a spiritual journey. The RCIA, as a rite, marks the various steps on the way to full commitment within the Catholic Church. It includes five specific periods.

The initial Inquiry Period allows the individual to become acquainted with the Catholic Church, to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ and to reflect on one’s own life and the stirrings of the heart.

The Rite of Acceptance/Welcoming (first stage of commitment) is followed by the Catechumenate Period for deeper individual conversion and for more in-depth orientation to the Catholic faith.

Beginning with the Rite of Election, the Enlightenment/Purification Period is a more intense spiritual preparation and is intended to purify the mind and heart, and to deepen their knowledge of and relationship to Christ.

Full Communion into the Catholic Church happens at Easter Vigil. Celebration of the death and resurrection of Christ in the Paschal Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, & Easter Vigil) offers the appropriate time for the reception of the individual into the Church with the sacraments of Baptism, First Eucharist, and Confirmation. Adults are baptized by immersion, going down into the waters to remember the dying and rising of Jesus Christ.

We continue for a few weeks with the Period of Mystagogy. After the completion of their Christian initiation in the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist the individual enters a period of deepening of their understanding of the mysteries of these sacraments, and to enhance their understanding of their new faith. It is a period of deepening their Christian formation and incorporation into the full life of the Christian community.

Are RCIA classes for anyone to attend?

RCIA is a discernment and preparation process, not an adult education lecture series or catechism for Catholics seeking to refresh their own knowledge of the faith. Because of the trust needed for participants to share openly, this process is only for those discerning to enter the Church. To respect the inherent vulnerability and sensitive nature of the process, we refrain from inviting general visitors/parishioners to attend. The only non-participants that are permitted are team members, clergy, and sponsors.

Adult Catholics seeking to learn more about the faith should inquire into Adult Education opportunities offered in the parish. To learn more about these events, please return to the tab "Adult Faith Formation" and see programs listed (excluding RCIA).


Each Inquirer shares their journey with a Catholic "sponsor". This individual is a fully initiated Catholic (Baptized, Confirmed and receiving the Eucharist) who is at least 16yrs old, is actively celebrating the sacraments and a member of the parish where you desire to be baptized. They must attend class each week and Mass with you each week and help acquaint you with the JGS community. If you know of someone with whom you would like to share this experience, please mention this to the RCIA coordinator. At the same time, there are volunteers waiting to serve in this capacity. If your chosen sponsor is out of town or if you would prefer to have a sponsor from our parish family but don't know many people, we are happy to arrange a sponsor from JGS to accompany you.

Classes are taught by teachers and clergy every Sunday, except during holiday breaks. Each year, many lifelong friendships develop in the class, as we gather to learn and pray together. We recommend that you try not to miss classes in the year. While it is possible to read and make up a session, it is important to be present for the discussions and worship that give the message its fullest impact. This is also true for weekly attendance to Mass on Sundays, a habit which will characterize your life as a Catholic.

There is no charge for the classes, and you will be provided all the necessary materials to help you in your studies.

For more information or questions, please contact Kelley at 410-257-3810 x14.

Please click below for:

  • Registration Form
  • Sponsor Form

RCIA Downloads 
RCIA overview handout.pptx Download
RCIA registration forms.pdf Download
RCIA Final Schedule 2018-19.pdf Download
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