Become a Catholic (RCIA)

Baptism - The first Sacrament of Initiation

Baptism – The first Sacrament of Initiation

How does one become Catholic?

Those who have not been previously baptized or who have been baptized in another Christian tradition, become Catholic Christians through a process called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or RCIA. Through the process they are baptized (if necessary) and celebrate the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. The celebration of the sacraments of initiation normally takes place at the Easter Vigil.

The Catholic Church warmly welcomes new members and tries to provide a spiritual formation according to each person’s need. Inquiry sessions are offered during the Summer with classes beginning after Memorial Day.

Through the RCIA:

  1. The Church encourages an ongoing conversation to Jesus Christ
  2. Candidates are provided a structure for the proclamation of the Gospel
  3. The teachings of the Church are passed on through catechesis (teaching of the faith)
  4. Spiritual direction is offered
  5. Sundays, feasts and the seasons of the year are celebrated
  6. Direct contact with members of the parish community is encouraged and facilitated

Who is RCIA for?

It is for adults and children (over the age of seven or in the first grade) who wish to join the Roman Catholic Church.
For RCIA for Children (age 7 to 17), contact Joyce Hollowell at 406-656-5800 or
For adults 18 and older, contact Nick Coffman at 406-656-5800 or

Further Information

To learn more about the Catholic Faith, or the process of joining the Church, download a copy of our RCIA Brochure.