Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

What is RCIA? It is a process whereby those interested in learning about the Catholic faith come together on a weekly basis to learn about the scriptures and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, and at the same time, to discover where God is present in their lives.

The process is designed for those adults who are unbaptized, baptized in another tradition or baptized Catholic with no further religious training.

There are 4 phases to the process:

The Period of Inquiry
  • a time for asking questions about the Catholic faith
  • building community within the group
  • learning about prayer
The Catechumenate (study) Period
  • reading and discussing the Sunday Gospel
  • discuss topics such as morality, the Bible and sacraments
The Period of Purification and Enlightenment
  • repentance
  • prayer, fasting and almsgiving
  • preparation for receiving the sacraments of initiation
The Period of Mystagosia
  • living a sacramental life
  • living out the gospel way of lie
  • becoming more involved in the parish

Interested in finding out more?

Call Msgr. Gardin at (314) 991-5700, ext. 317, or Sister Diane at

(314) 991-5700, ext. 303.

Mass Times

Saturday 8:00 & 5:00 pm
Sunday 7:30, 9:30*, 11:30 am & 5:00 pm
*Sunday 9:30 am (includes Children's Liturgy)
Weekday Masses:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 6:30 & 8:00 am
Wednesday at 6:30 & 8:45 am (During the school year)

Contact Us

Church: 8900 Clayton Rd., St. Louis, MO 63117
School: 8910 Clayton Rd., St. Louis, MO 63117