Adults wishing to convert to Catholicism enter the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, more commonly known by its acronym RCIA.

What is the RCIA?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process for initiation into the Catholic Church.  It is a restoration of the catechumenate, which was the early Church's practice around the 3rd and 4th centuries.  The Congregation for Divine Worship prepared it and Pope Paul VI approved it in 1972.  It was approved for use in the United States in 1974.  It is now mandated in all parishes.  

Who is the RCIA for? 

   •Persons in need of Baptism

   •Persons baptized in another Christian faith but interested in becoming Catholic

   •Persons baptized Catholic in need of First Communion and / or Confirmation

How to begin the process? 

Contact the Church Office at (504) 866-3621. We welcome individual questions, desiring to walk with you on this personal journey of faith in our St. Rita community.   

This year we will join together with our neighboring parish, St. Francis of Assisi (631 State St.) for RCIA classes.  Individuals will be received into the Church at St. Rita's Easter Vigil mass (Saturday, March 30 at 8pm).  Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7pm at St. Francis, beginning September 6.

If you would like to register for the classes this fall or simply want to speak with someone to answer your questions, fill out this registration form and email it to the parish office: [email protected].