Becoming Catholic

RCIA Continues . . . Our candidates who are working toward their readiness for receiving the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist are remarkable. They are kind and so very patient as we continue to prepare for the sacraments. As we wait to celebrate their sacraments with our community gathered, we are sharing our faith and “God moments”.  We are praying.  


RCIA Candidates at the Cathedral: Rite of Called to Continued Conversion

Those at our 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, March 1, were part of the Rite of Sending of our RCIA candidates to the Cathedral for affirmation for continued conversion by our Archbishop. Every First Sunday of Lent, the Rites of Sending to the Rite of Election/Continued Conversion are celebrated throughout the Catholic Church. Lent marks a transition to the third stage of the four-stage RCIA process—the Catechumenate stage.

The prayer for the candidates was:

  • That they may find joy in daily prayer.
  • That they may read God’s Word and joyfully dwell on it in their hearts.
  • That they may dedicate their daily work as a pleasing offering.
  • That they may abstain with courage from everything that defiles the heart.
  • That they may grow to love and seek virtue and holiness of life.
  • That God will protect and bless their families.
  • That they may share with others they joy they have found in their faith.

Tim Richardt

Tanya, Thomas, Steven Holmquist

What can you do? Will you pray for one of our candidates in the RCIA process? Please choose a person pictured above and make it a part of your prayer life to pray for one of these persons who will be celebrating sacraments at a time once we are safely past COVID-19.

Feel free to send cards/notes of support to “your” candidate,
c/o Lynn Schelitzche, Lumen Christi, 2055 Bohland Ave./St. Paul, MN  55116


Thinking about becoming Catholic or do you simply want to know more about the Catholic faith?

RCIA (the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a process that invites interested persons to consider the Catholic faith.  Are you an adult already baptized in a Christian faith, but now thinking about becoming Catholic?

  • Are you an adult seeking baptism?
  • Are you already baptized Catholic but seeking preparation for the sacraments of Confirmation and/or First Eucharist?
  • Do you have a child or children who were never baptized?
  • Do you have a child who was baptized in another faith tradition, but wants to live as a Catholic Christian?
  • Do you have a friend or relative who is searching for a faith home?


The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (and adapted for children over age 7) is the process in which the Catholic Church welcomes people into the Church. RCIA is much more than a program, it is a process in which conversion of the heart brings one to Jesus Christ through learning, discussion, prayer, and community. Participants are invited to grow more deeply in their faith and discern if joining the Catholic Church or completing one’s initiation into the Church is what they desire.

If you are interested in trying out RCIA, or would like more information about the process, please contact Lynn Schelitzche, Director of Faith Formation,

Email, or 651-698-5581 x 303.


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