Catechumenate (RCIA)

RCIA:  The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.  This is the title of the process designed to prepare adults for entrance into the Catholic Church by the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation.

The Office of Worship:

  • Supports parish catechumenate and initiation ministries,
  • Sponsors Christian Initiation (RCIA) leader and team formation programs,
  • Offers in-service and formation for Christian Initiation ministries, and
  • Plans and coordinates the annual Rite of Election ceremonies at the Cathedral of Saint Peter.

Annual RCIA Workshops

"Through the Doorway" offered on a Sunday in January.
"Wading Deeper" usually offered the last Friday/Saturday in July.

The Dioceses of Belleville and Springfield in Illinois will continue their collaborative efforts offering two RCIA workshops every year.  However, beginning in January, 2018 and unfolding into the year 2020, the emphasis will be "Year-Round Catechumenate" with a different and growing focus at each workshop.  This three-year plan will help pastors, liturgy committees, initiation teams, musicians, catechists and other ministers image, envision, understand and implement a year-round catechumenate in the parish.


Through the Doorway-January 27, 2019- Diocese of Belleville.

Through the Doorway 2019 Brochure

Wading Deeper - August 2-3, 2019-Diocese of Springfield

Wading Deeper 2019 Registration Flier.pdf

Wading Deeper Hotels Listing 2019.pdf


2020:  YEAR-ROUND CATECHUMENATE (Dates for Sessions are Tentative)
Through the Doorway-January 26, 2020-Diocese of Belleville
Wading Deeper-July 24-25 (or July 31-August 1), 2020-Diocese of Springfield


Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion

In the Diocese of Belleville, on the first Sunday of Lent (March 10, 2019), we will celebrate the Rite of Election of Catechumens and the Call to Continuing Conversion of Candidates.  As you are aware, this rite is among the last steps the catechumens and candidates take before they pass through the waters of Baptism, are sealed with the Holy Spirit in Confirmation, and take their place at the Eucharistic table.  Like all of the liturgies of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, this rite is rich in meaning for all who take part in it.

Rite of election and the Call to Continuing Conversion - Resource Packet 2019

Helpful Resources



Title Author Copyright Publisher
 A Catechumen's Lectionary  Robert M. Hamma  1988  Paulist Press
 Celebrating Initiation A Guide for Priests  Paul Turner  2007  World Library Publications
 A Child's Journey The Christian Initiation of Children  Rita Burns Senseman  1998  TeamRCIA
 Great Is the Mystery Encountering the Formational Power of Liturgy  Joe Paprocki & D. Todd Williamson  2013  Liturgy Training Publications
 Guide for Sponsors  Ron Lewinski  2008  Liturgy Training Publications
 A Harvest for God Christian Initiation in the Rural and Small-Town Parish  Michael Clay  2003  Liturgy Training Publications
 The Heart of Faith A Field Guide for Catechumens & Candidates  Nick Wagner  2010  Twenty-Third Publications
 A Mystagogy of Sacrament Saying Amen  Kathleen Hughes  1999  Liturgy Training Publications
 The Mystery of Faith A Study of Structural Elements of the Order of Mass  Lawrence J. Johnson  2011  FDLC
 One at the Table The Reception of Baptized Christians  Ronald A. Oakham  1995  Liturgy Training Publications
 A Prayerbook for Catechumens and Candidates  Kathy Kuczka  2010  Twenty-Third Publications
 Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults Study Edition  NCCB  1988  Liturgy Training Publications
 The RCIA Transforming the Church  Thomas H. Morris  1989  Paulist Press
 The Way of Faith A Field Guide for the RCIA Process  Nick Wagner  2008  Twenty-Third Publications
 When Other Christians Become Catholic  Paul Turner  2007  Liturgical Press

Please go to Liturgical Book Sales to order these and many other resources.


Diocesan Pastoral Center
2620 Lebanon Avenue, Building #2
Belleville, IL 62221
FAX:  618-257-2969

Director of Worship

Mrs. Sue A. Huett

Administrative Assistant

Jennifer Markfort


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