Serving Hyde Park’s Catholic Community since 1869

5472 South Kimbark Avenue,
Hyde Park, Chicago IL, 60615-5297
Phone: (773) 324-2626 Fax: (773) 891-0602

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

“Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me”

(Ps 25:4-5a)

The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a journey of faith, a deep conversion to Jesus Christ and His values, and the Catholic Church’s way of welcoming and assisting those who inquire about the Catholic faith and are searching for meaning and direction.

The RCIA draws its model from the “catechumenate” of the ancient Church. New Christians enter into the joy of new life and a life-sharing community of faith, but also enter into a way of living, which demands deep commitment and entails great risks. The Church revived the catechumenate – embodied in the RCIA – because new believers in the modern world need careful preparation and caring support as they enter into the mysteries of Christ and the commitment of Christian living.

Who we are: We are St. Thomas the Apostle parishioners who offer an opportunity to come together in a small group to learn more about our faith, traditions, history, liturgy and the teachings and experience of Church, and to prepare adult individuals to celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist during the Easter season.

What we do: The RCIA process is a series of carefully planned stages, marked by liturgical rites in the presence of the whole community, in which new Catholics embark on and join us in a continuing and deepening conversion into faith and discipleship. In our sessions we will:

  • study Scripture and how it relates to us today,
  • study what it means to be Catholic and to live Christian life,
  • talk about the presence of God in the world and in our lives,
  • share our faith and pray.

How do we meet: Our sessions take place on Sundays from 12:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. in the period from October until the Vigil of Easter.

Requirements: Any person who is considering joining the Catholic Church or who is a baptized Catholic who wish to complete the Sacraments of Initiation (Holy Eucharist and Confirmation).

Wanted also: Those willing to become RCIA Coordinators.

Contact: Jennifer Davis at or 773-324-2626 ext. 102.

“I wish not merely to be called Christian, but also to be Christian.”
St. Ignatius of Antioch

Download and print out the brochure (PDF) to share with your friends: Education – RCIA brochure