RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. The UCCC offers an RCIA program from September to April each year. Participants are usually welcomed into the Catholic Church and receive the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation and First Holy Communion at the Easter Vigil, which is celebrated the Saturday evening before Easter Sunday.  

There is no cost, and you need not be a university student or a member of the UCCC. You also need not start attending in September. All are welcome, and anyone can join at any time! 

When:        September 19, 2017, to February 24, 2018
                        Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 pm 
                        (no meetings October 31 and December 19 and 26, 2017; January 2 and 9 and February 20, 2018) 

                         February 25 to April 15, 2018
                         Sundays, 5 to 6:30 pm, followed by Holy Mass at 7 pm
                         (no meeting April 1, 2018)

                         Special Dates
                         Ash Wednesday Mass, February 14, 2018
                         Rite of Election TBA
                         Chrism Mass Monday, March 26, 2018
                         Holy Thursday Mass, March 29, 2018
                         Good Friday Service, March 30, 2018
                         Easter Vigil Mass Saturday, March 31, 2018
Where:           U of C Lounge, St. Pius X Catholic Church, 2424 24 Avenue NW
                      (enter the back of the church building from the small parking lot between the church and the hall) 

Frequently asked questions:

What is RCIA?
  • a program of Christian formation based on the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • short presentations followed by discussion
  • an opportunity to ask questions, to share your faith, and to encounter Jesus Christ
Who may attend?
  • those who want to receive Baptism, Confirmation, or First Holy Communion
  • those who want to rediscover their Catholic faith
  • those who want to learn more about Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church
What topics do you cover?
  • human reason and divine revelation
  • God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit
  • Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition
  • the Pope, Mary, and the Saints
  • the seven Sacraments and prayer
  • Catholic moral and social teaching
Do I have to become Catholic?
  • you are free to decide if you want to receive the Sacraments that apply to your situation
  • you may stop attending at any time, no questions asked
Do I need a sponsor?
  • you can start attending without a sponsor
  • you will need a sponsor by January if you decide you want to receive the Sacraments at the Easter Vigil
  • we will explain who can and cannot be your sponsor
  • we will help you find a sponsor, so you need not worry about finding one on your own 
How do I sign up?