Thank you for stopping by to learn more about becoming a Catholic Christian. No doubt, God has already been at work in your life, drawing you closer to Himself and His Church. Have a look around this page, if you would like more information, please contact Fr. Andrew Ayers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Are you searching for:
- A deeper relationship with God?
- A sense of belonging in a faith community?
- A greater fulfillment of your mission in life?
- Are you yearning for something more in your life?
- Are you unbaptized but recognize a need for spirituality in your life?
- Are you baptized Catholic or baptized into another religion but never received any formal religious education?
RCIA, which stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, is an extended period of evangelization (developing a relationship with Jesus Christ), catechesis (instruction in the faith), and spiritual formation (deepening in faith) in the Roman Catholic Church. Although it is primarily the process by which people become full members in the Catholic Church, RCIA welcomes serious inquirers at all levels of knowledge, faith and intent–in other words, you do not need to feel like you’re ready to become Catholic before you begin RCIA. Ultimately, though, the process culminates in the reception of one or more of the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist, and full membership in the Catholic Church.
At Our Lady of Consolation, optional monthly inquiry gatherings are offered over the summer.
The formal RCIA process begins in early September and ends about a month after Easter.
RCIA meets Sunday mornings after the 9 am Mass, from 10 – 11:45 am in the Guadalupe Room. If you or someone you know would like to become part of RCIA at Our Lady of Consolation, please call 616-866-2557.
Long time before the next RCIA year? Click here for some ways to prepare for RCIA!
YBC? (why be Catholic?)
“My journey to Catholicism began when my husband and I decided that we wanted to raise our family in a single faith. He had been raised Catholic/Jehovah’s Witness and I had been raised Seventh-day Adventist, but we decided to be open-minded and undertake a journey together to find common ground. After several years of visiting many different churches, we came to mass at OLC. That day Deacon Jim was preaching about how the church had undertaken to provide Catholic schooling without requiring tuition and instead took a leap of faith that the money would come. We were both very impressed by the church’s refreshing attempt to operate in a way similar to what I imagine the first churches after Christ did—trusting in their parishioners to act like true brothers and sisters in Christ and take care of each other. We also thought that mass at OLC managed to feel both very sacred and very warm and friendly, so we kept coming.
After several months, I started to do some research into Catholic theology to see whether I would feel comfortable joining the Church. Slowly, organically, I began to agree with more Catholic teachings than Protestant ones. I grew to appreciate the significance of the uninterrupted connection between Jesus and the Catholic Church, as begun by His appointment of Peter as the head of the Church. I began to ask why Christ would break this relationship with his Church after establishing it. Yes, the Protestant Reformation raised some important issues, but there has always been a measure of sinfulness latching itself onto God’s people, whether a golden calf in Israel, or the sale of indulgences for money in medieval Europe. But God did not abandon Israel, and God does not abandon His Church. His presence has persisted, despite our own failings, in propelling the church throughout the ages so that we may worship here today. What better way to remember this than to take part in the weekly celebration of the Eucharist, in which God shows us that He has always been with us, and will never leave us.”
– Juliana Rolecki, initiated into Church this past Easter
Why be Catholic?
“I guess my journey started over 15 years ago when my wife, then girlfriend, asked me to join her at mass. Fast forward to more recent years, all three of my children attend OLC school. After all these years of attending mass, last summer I decided to look into RCIA. I didn’t realize how much I was missing out on by just attending mass and not actually participating in mass. I had always listened to the readings, but now they took on new Life and meaning. I also didn’t realize how important it would be for me to receive communion. The idea that someone would give up their Blood and Body for our sins and our salvation is the greatest gift of all!” – Brian Petersen
To view more testimonies, please click here.
If you would like the opportunity to become acquainted with the Catholic community, meet with others who are exploring the possibility of becoming Catholic and grow in your own relationship with God, Our Lady of Consolation Church welcomes you. To learn more about the process of formation and have your questions answered, please contact the Faith Formation Office.
“The ‘door of faith’ is always open for us…
To enter through that door is to set out on a journey that last a lifetime.”
– Pope Benedict XVI
RCIA – Team opportunities to share your gifts
I am interested in getting involved. Click HERE for more information
We also welcome members from other parish ministry groups to collaborate in the initiation process
• Bible Study Groups
• Evangelization Team
• Finance Council
• Parish Council
• Prayer Groups
• Small Christian Communities—A source of sponsors and a place for neophytes to connect.
• That Man Is You
• Welcome Committee