The RCIA Process for the Border Town Parishes

Serving St. Anne's (St. Anne, IL) and St. Patrick's (Momence)

What is RCIA?


"Lord, God You created us And you give us life. Bless these children and add them to your family. May they be joyful in the life you won for us Through Christ our Lord." AMEN - Prayer over the Elect – Rite of Election


If any adult over the age of fourteen wishes to receive the sacraments at the Easter Vigil (April 16, 2022), please contact the parish office at  (815) 472-2864 or (815) 427-8265. Fr. Pete Jankowski will be holding all RCIA Sessions online this year via Zoom. Sessions will be held on Wednesday nights from 6 – 7:30 p.m.







Basic Prayers & Guidelines of the Catholic Church

Basic Prayers & Guidelines of the Catholic Church (in Spanish)

Online Resource to the New American Bible

Online Resource to the Reina Valera Bible (in Spanish)

Online Resource for the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Online Resource for the Catechism of the Church (Spanish)

RCIA Glossary (English) - RCIA Glossary (Spanish)


Week One: Introduction


RCIA Designations

RCIA Designations (Spanish)

Class One Homework

Class One Homework (Spanish)

Week Two: Old Testament I


PDF of Lecture

Questions on the Torah


Questions on the Torah

25 Questions on the

Old Testament (Spanish)


Week Three: Old Testament II


PDF of  Lecture

Questions on the Old Testament (ANSWER KEY)

How to Understand the Bible

Reflecting on the Sunday Readings


Week Four: The New Testament (Gospels)


PDF of Lecture

Questions on the Synoptic Gospels (ANSWER KEY)

Questions on the Gospel of John (Answer Key)

A Summary of the Four Gospels

Questions on the Gospels (Answer Key - Spanish)


Week Five: The New Testament (St. Paul)


PDF of Lecture

Questions on Pauline Literature (ANSWER KEY)

The Chronology on

the Life of St. Paul

The Journeys of St. Paul

Week Six: Trinitarian Theology


PDF of Lecture

Major Heresies of the Church

Questions on the Trinity


Who is the Holy Spirit?

Week Seven:

On the Church


PDF of Lecture

Questions on the Church (ANSWER KEY)

A Timeline of Church History

Ten Peak Moments

of Church History

The Eastern & Western Churches

The Litany of Saints

The Roman Curia -

How the Church is Run

The 21 Ecumenical Councils

of the Catholic Church


Week Eight:

The Liturgical Year


PDF of Lecture

The Liturgical Year


The Liturgical Year HANDOUT

Calendar of Liturgical Days

Year of Grace - 2022 Liturgical Calendar (English)

Year of Grace - 2022 Liturgical Calendar (Spanish)

VIDEO on the Liturgical

Year with Fr. Pete




Week Nine:

The Holy Mass


PDF of Lecture

The Holy Mass



A Tour of the Church





A Walk

Through a Mass


VIDEO - Liturgy of the Word

VIDEO - Liturgy of the Eucharist

Items Used at Mass

A Glossary of the Mass


The Real Presence




Week Ten:

On the Sacraments

PDF of Lecture

VIDEO on Signs,

Symbols and Rituals

VIDEO - The Seven Sacraments

(OBD Films)

ACTIVITY on Signs,

Symbols & Rituals

HANDOUT on Sacraments

and Sacramentals

HANDOUT on the Sacraments

Week Eleven:

The Sacraments of Initiation


PDF of Lecture

Questions on Baptism & Confirmation (ANSWER KEY)

HANDOUT - Baptisms Considered Valid in the Catholic Church

VIDEO - The Sacrament of Baptism

(Busted Halo)

VIDEO - The Sacrament of Confirmation (Busted Halo)

VIDEO - The Sacrament of the Eucharist (Busted Halo)



Week Twelve:

The Sacraments of Healing & Vocation


PDF of Lecture

Questions on the Sacraments of Healing & Vocation

VIDEO - The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Busted Halo)

HANDOUT - The Rite of Penance (US Conference of Catholic Bishops)

The Sacrament

VIDEO - (Anointing) of the Sick

(Busted Halo)

VIDEO - The Sacrament of Marriage (Busted Halo)

VIDEO - The Sacrament of Holy Orders (Busted Halo)


Week Thirteen:

Christian Moral Living

PDF of Online Lecture

Questions on Christian Morality (ANSWER KEY)


You Should Know

HANDOUT - Reflection

on Social Teachings (USCCB)

HANDOUT - Sharing Social Teaching (USCCB)


the Church Teaches about Abortion (Catholic Update)

HANDOUT - Against the

Death Penalty (Encyclical of St. Pope John Paul II)

HANDOUT - Veritatis Splendor (Encyclical of St.

Pope John Paul II)


Week Fourteen:

Lent and the Scrutinies

PDF of Online Lecture

HANDOUT - The Season of Lent

HANDOUT - Locating Lent & Ash Wednesday on a Calendar

VIDEO - Lent in Three Minutes (OBD Films)

VIDEO - Stations of the Cross


Week Fifteen:

Prayer Styles

PDF of Online Lecture

ACTIVITY - The Prayer Life of the Church (ANSWER KEY)


Liturgy of the Hours

HANDOUT - An Etymology

of the Rosary

VIDEO - Liturgical

vs. Private Prayer

VIDEO - Benediction Service


Week Sixteen:


PDF of Online Lecture

HANDOUT - Saints: Holy & Human (Catholic Update)

HANDOUT - The Feasts of Mary (Catholic Update)

ACTIVITY - Mary and

the Saints (ANSWER KEY)


Canonization Process

HANDOUT - Patron Saints


How to Pray the Rosary


VIDEO - Mary,

the Blessed Virgin Mother

VIDEO - How Does the Catholic Church Declare Official Saints?

VIDEO - What is

the Communion of Saints?

Week Seventeen:

Holy Week

PDF of Online Lecture

VIDEO - Passion of the Lord,

Cycle A (Gospel of Matthew, Sung)

VIDEO - Passion of the Lord,

Cycle B (Gospel of Mark, Sung)

VIDEO - Passion of the Lord, Good Friday (Gospel of John, Sung)


VIDEO - Palm Sunday

Liturgy 2021

VIDEO - Holy Thursday

Liturgy 2021

VIDEO - Good Friday

Service 2021

VIDEO - Blessing of

Easter Baskets 2021

VIDEO - The Easter Vigil, Explained in Just Over

Three Minutes!

VIDEO - Easter

Sunday Liturgy 2021

VIDEO - Easter Vigil

Highlights 2021





An Introduction


The process by which adults come into the Church has come to be known as “RCIA”, which is short for “The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.”

The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is to be a process, not a program. It forms a community of inquirers, sponsors and guides moving through the education, formation and ritualization of entrance into the Catholic community, 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 and children over the age of seven who are:

  • The unbaptized. The primary focus of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is on those who are not already Christian and have not been catechized.
  • Baptized but uncatechized. Those who have been baptized either as Roman Catholics or as members of another Christian community but did not receive further catechetical formation or instruction. These typically have also not celebrated confirmation nor Eucharist.
  • Those seeking full Catholic Communion. These are baptized, practicing Christians from other denominations who seek entry into the Catholic Church.

In the case of children who have reached the age of reason, the proper pastor should be consulted for information about Baptism and the other Sacraments of Initiation.


What is Our History?


In the early church small Christian communities took individuals into their group of believers and introduced them to their way of life. In those days persecution of Christians was prevalent. Newcomers knew that commitment to this faith could lead them to imprisonment and death. Still many wanted to be members of this group!

By the 2nd and 3rd Century initiation into the faith began to take on formal shape! This was the beginning of a “catechumenate”. The Roman Emperor Constantine made the Christian Religion legal, in 313. At that time there were large numbers of men and women who wanted to join the Christian Community. The quality of their preparation and catechesis however was deficient.

By the 5th Century all of the Western World was Christian. Infant Baptism was the traditional way one entered the Catholic Church. The catechumenate basically died until the 20th Century.

In the 20th Century catechumenal structures began to be revived in Africa and in France. Catholic missionaries recognized the need for Christian tradition to be established in foreign countries. In France problems arose because of the large number of non-practicing Catholics. At the Vatican II Council the bishops voted on the restoration of the catechumenate with a vote of 2,165 Yes’s and only 9 No’s (there was 1 null vote). In 1966 the provisional ritual was published. This was followed by a second draft in 1969 distributed for experimentation.

In 1972 the Vatican promulgated the Order of Christian Initiation of Adults and in 1986 the United States bishops approved additions to the Order and National Statutes and a national plan for implementation. In 1988 in the United States the implementation of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults became mandatory for all at the age of reason or older who have not yet been baptized.