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What is the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults known as R.C.I.A.?

R.C.I.A. is the program for people who may be interested in becoming or just exploring our Roman Catholic Christian faith.

If you choose to go through the program, you do not have to become Catholic unless it is your desire. There is no set time limit in becoming Catholic.

There is no cost or obligation associated with the program.

The program will run concurrent with the school year, from mid-September through Easter for approximately 2 hours one day a week or bi-monthly.

If you are interested in registering for this program please call Don Herweg (630) 846-0318 or Deacon Mariusz Kosla (847) 738-3800. 

R.C.I.A. Schedule

R.C.I.A. Classes will vary depending on the schedule set by the volunteer catechists. The course schedule and syllabus are attached below. 2020-2021 R.C.I.A. Schedule and Syllabus

R.C.I.A. Testimonials

I had always been close to God growing up and even received all my sacraments up until Confirmation at which time my family moved from Texas to Illinois.  I slowly lost that strong connection to God until about a year before I started attending church again.  It was at this time I made the decision for me that I wanted to make my confirmation and become fully Catholic.  In the spring of 2015 I began working with the church as the receptionist and found my connection growing more closely to God once again.

I knew the path God had wanted me to take so I signed up for the 2015-16 R.C.I.A. class.  Twice a month our group met to hear the work of God in mass and then a short hour long class after.  

All that I knew about the bible and Catholicism grew each class.  It was a fun experience and one that I am happy to have taken to become closer with our Lord.  The class concluded around the Easter Vigil and the confirmation ceremony came around.  All I can say is that this class is worth the time you put in because God's plan for all of us starts with just one foot in front of the other.

Katie Hall

I attended RCIA last year, starting in October, 2011.  I had always been an active church member in my former religion so to attend RCIA was a decision that took much thought over a good deal of time.  It was, however, a decision that I will never regret.    I gradually learned a great deal about the Catholic Church during the classes, but even more, one piece of knowledge led to wanting to know another.

The weekly readings were so very interesting and informative; they led to questions which led to deeper discussions in class.  These discussions caused me to truly think about the Old and New Testaments, the Holy Trinity, the way that I fit into God's plan and the way that I needed to live my life.  Deacon Bob was open to all of us in order to help facilitate our knowledge (and, sometimes, to help me overcome any hesitations I had.)   

I pray more thoughtfully now.  I have a much deeper understanding of my baptism.  Confirmation into the Catholic Church was one of the most moving moments I have ever had.  Taking Communion now has a far deeper meaning for me than it did in my former religion.   And the "scariest" part of belonging to the Catholic Church, reconciliation, became the most comforting.   Something more happened during RCIA.  We made friends...with each other, with each other’s family members, with Deacon Bob.  I don't think that a person can go through a meaningful RCIA class without becoming close to those around you.  I am so grateful for all of the opportunities offered me in class.  

If anyone is thinking of exploring the possibility of converting to Catholicism, I heartily recommend RCIA classes. My life has certainly been enriched through the experience and through God.  Bless you as you prayerfully consider attending RCIA classes in the fall.  
Carol Lehmann
For years, I wanted to make my Confirmation. When I was young, I received all the sacraments until Confirmation. My parents fell away from the Church and my religious education stopped. However, my Grandmother had a strong faith and kept me connected to the Church by her example.

As an adult, I made attempts to find out how I could be Confirmed but, I was often distracted by the cares and responsibilities of life. I watched all three of my children make their Confirmation and, at last, I thought; “now it is my turn!” However, little fears came creeping into my head. Has it been too long? Am I just too old? Would I be the oldest person there? What would people think when they saw me at RCIA but then saw me in line for Communion? None of my worries came into being. The group of people that came to RCIA were various ages and backgrounds. I learned something from each one of them that helped me on my spiritual journey.

Deacon Bob created a relaxed welcoming atmosphere. I now have a whole new respect for the ministry of deacons. Bob is knowledgeable about the Faith and shares what he knows with zeal. I was not surprised to find out that Michael the Archangel is his Confirmation saint. I also learned a lot from Seth who provided encouragement and reassurance. He and Bob are a great team and know how to work together to lead the group. They also both have a great sense of humor that made it fun. My husband Jim was my Confirmation sponsor. He is a cradle Catholic and he said that he learned a lot from attending the RCIA classes.

I will always remember my experience in RCIA as a very special time in my life. Sacraments do make a difference. They bring us closer to God and allow us to give witness to our Faith.
God Bless!
Phyllis Sadowski