Becoming A Catholic
RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process through which the Church welcomes new adult members. It is a journey that involves conversion of the heart and formation into discipleship. These newcomers may be unbaptized persons, persons who have been baptized into another Christian tradition, or baptized Catholics who have had little or no religious training.
Sessions normally begin in September. If you want more information to explore whether the Catholic Church is where you want to begin or continue your Christian journey, please contact Claire Gallagher at the Parish Office at (504) 887-7821 for more information. You can also download a registration form by clicking HERE.
We meet on Wednesday nights:
Are you a non-Catholic who has been worshipping at St. Clement or other Catholic churches often? Have you considered joining the Catholic Church? Do you want to know more? Are you a baptized Catholic who never received the Sacraments of Confirmation or Eucharist? Have you been thinking of completing these sacraments of initiation? Do you want to know more? Is now the time for you to become a Catholic or to more fully join with the Catholic Church? If you want to explore how the Spirit may be guiding you in this direction come to our next RCIA session. Sessions usually are held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Parish Center.
Click here for a tentative 2014-15 RCIA schedule.
What about children?
St. Clement of Rome also offers a Children's Catechumenate. This process enables those 7 years or older who have never been baptized or who have been baptized in another Christian faith to come into the Catholic Church. Please contact our Parish Center for more details.
In the journey toward full entrance into the Church, each candidate is helped by a sponsor. A sponsor is someone who is Catholic and an example to the candidate during and after the preparation process. For a full listing of sponsor criteria and the form to be filled out, click HERE.