The Catholic parishes in Waterloo welcome individuals and families who are interested in joining the Catholic faith community or are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith.
For individuals who have never been baptized or catechized in the Christian faith, the parishes provide the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Individuals may enter the RCIA at any time during the year. A period of formal preparation and study usually begins in September and continues for about 12 months. This process usually includes the celebration of the sacraments of Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation at the Easter Vigil.
For individuals who have been baptized, catechized, and participating regularly in another mainline Christian tradition, the parishes offer the Rite of Christian Reception of Adults. This period of formal preparation and study begins at regular intervals throughout the year and lasts for about 10 weeks. It usually culminates in a Profession of Faith and celebration of the sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation at a Sunday liturgy.
Both Rites offer a combination of personal preparation and spiritual discernment in a small group format, private consultation with the parish's Director of Initiation, and public liturgical ceremonies which celebrate the individual's gradual incorporation into the Catholic faith community.
• For information about joining the Catholic Church, contact the Director of Initiation or Faith Formation in the parish where you participate or contact the Director of Adult Faith Formation.
• More Information About Joining the Catholic Church.
• Directory of Catholic Parishes in Waterloo.