Becoming Catholic

Becoming Catholic

“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.”
– Saint Augustine


Our profession of faith begins with God, for God is the First and the Last, the beginning and the end of everything. The Credo begins with God the Father, for the Father is the first divine person of the Most Holy Trinity; our Creed begins with the creation of heaven and earth, for creation is the beginning and the foundation of all God's works.


How does one become a Catholic?

Individuals can be welcomed into the Catholic faith either as infants, or young children through baptism. Others join the faith as adults through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) or older children join through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults adapted for children when needed.

To learn more about the individual stages to the RCIA program, click the link below.

> RCIA Program Information


RCIA at St. Joseph

At its core, RCIA is a program for people who would like to know more about the Roman Catholic faith.

Its most obvious application is for those who desire to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church. RCIA is the process by which interested people learn about, participate in, and eventually become fully initiated members of the Catholic Church. We believe it should be a period of reflection, prayer, instruction, discernment, and formation.

Yet, even the most robust, well-structured and successful RCIA program is not simply a one-time experience in catechetical instruction; rather, it is truly the beginning of a life-long conversion process.

We hope to serve RCIA aspirants as well as the entire parish, and provide additional resources for information on the Catholic faith for those seeking to walk ever closer to Christ. We fellow Catholics realize that Christ’s call to follow Him involves a journey of life-long conversion.

If you are interested in joining an RCIA program, please email us at or call us at 660-248-2439.

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