Rite Of Christian Initiation for Adults 


         Are you thinking of becoming a Catholic?

Do you know someone interested in the Catholic


      Or you have been away from the Catholic Faith?


RCIA “The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults” is the process of educational formation and spiritual formation by which adults become members in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church.

We invite all those who are not baptized, those who are baptized in other faiths and those baptized in the Catholic faith who would like to increase their knowledge in Catholicism.

RCIA formation classes are usually on Sundays at 10:30 am, down stairs in the family life center. The RCIA calendar is posted on the web site under RCIA schedule.

Fr Robert Barron from the Archdiocese of Chicago has done a great job in discussing the Catholicism teachings of the Catholic Church on social media. Please visit the RCIA page (Fr. Robert Barron – Word on Fire) for some useful YouTube videos on Baptism, Being Born Again, Hell and Judgement and God or search the web to find out more with Fr Barron about Catholicism. St Mary’s RCIA is proud to offer some of Fr Barron’s DVD’s on Catholicism during classes.

Anyone interested in learning more about the possibility of joining the Roman Catholic Church or is interested in increasing their adult faith formation are invited to contact RCIA director Donald A Picard Jr at dpicard@consolidated.net or 936-697-0195




“The sacraments of Christian initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist – lay the foundations of every Christian life. ‘The sharing in the divine nature given to men through the grace of Christ bears a certain likeness to the origin, development, and nourishing of natural life. The faithful are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life. By means of these sacraments of Christian initiation, they thus receive in increasing measure the treasures of the divine life and advance toward the perfection of charity.'”

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1212

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, or RCIA, is the process through which individuals, adults and children, journey to learn more about the Catholic Faith. This journey is traveled with the anticipation of being initiated into the Roman Catholic faith. We offer a year-round process at St. Mary/St. Joseph, so interested persons may start their journey at any time. Read the US Conference of Catholic Bishops information about RCIA here.

The process begins with an initial conversation with the Director. This conversation is essential in developing the course of the process for each individual. Please call the church office at 936-894-2223 and leave a message with your name and phone number or email dpicard@consolidated.net


Catechumens (unbaptized individual) formation sessions begin with worshiping at the 9 a.m. Mass on Sundays and concludes with classes down stairs in the Family Life Center. The catechumen should be in catechesis for up to one year.

Candidates (baptized individuals) formation sessions begin with worshiping at the 9 a.m. Mass on Sundays and concludes with classes down stairs in the Family Life Center. The candidates catechesis always depends on each individual situation.



Because no journey should be traveled alone, this ministry is always in search of people willing to share their faith life with those preparing to become Catholic Christians. Sponsors must be confirmed Catholics (16 years and older), active in the Catholic faith, and willing to share their faith life with others.

To be admitted to the role of sponsor, a person must:

  • Be designated as sponsor and have the qualifications and intention of performing this role.
  • Lead a life in harmony with the faith and role to be undertaken.
  • Not be the father or mother of the one being confirmed.



RCIA Director:   Don Picard, dpicard@consolidated.net



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