Becoming Catholic
Congratulations! What a joyous time it is when one of God's children answers the call to come home to his Church.

We here at Good Shepherd Catholic Parish know that those interested in RCIA come from many walks of life, and there are many reasons people want to enter the Catholic Church.  As you consider beginning this most important journey, please know that you have our full support, and we look forward to walking with you!

 The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is the process through which those who are over the age of seven, and are either unbaptized or baptized in another faith tradition, are initiated fully into the Catholic Church through the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation & Eucharist).  Through a series of steps you will learn about the Catholic Church and be instructed in her ways so that you can become a full member of the Body of Christ.  
Baptism
Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments  - CCC 1213 

Through Baptism we are:
- freed from sin and reborn as adopted sons and daughters of God
- welcomed into the Body of Christ as members of His Church
- freed from the power of darkness to walk in the light as children of God
- made sharers in the mission of the Church
Confirmation
Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins  -  CCC 1422

 Those approaching Reconciliation:
- are called to conversion and the first step back toward the Father from whom they strayed
- acknowledge and praise the mercy of the Father
- are able to respond to the call to "love thy neighbor" living in the love of God
Eucharist
The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord's own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.  -  CCC 1322

 The Eucharist:
- is the "Source and Summit" of Christian life
- is the culmination of God's action sanctifying the world in Christ and of the worship men offer to Christ and through him to the Father in the Holy Spirit
- unites us with the heavenly liturgy in anticipation of eternal life
Ready to Come Home?
Formation Classes
The richness of the Catholic faith requires study to begin to understand the faith. Through weekly classes those seeking to join the Church will study the faith together, growing in community as they grow in faith.  When the pastor and director of faith formation feel those seeking full communion with the Church are ready, the next steps in the process will be taken.
Choosing a Sponsor
Those in RCIA select a sponsor to walk with them through the process of becoming Catholic and support them after they are received into the Church. Baptized and unbaptized adults choose a sponsor who will journey with the through the receiving the Sacraments and into their new lives as full members of the Catholic Church.  
The Scrutinies
The steps of RCIA include a number of liturgical moments, during which those seeking to become Catholic are presented to the community, accepted as “catechumens,” and called to “election.” These scrutinies are the final steps in the process before the Easter Vigil when those in RCIA are received fully into the Church.
Our RCIA team would like to invite you to join us Sunday mornings, starting at 9:30 a.m. The RCIA class is exclusively for those interested in joining the Catholic Faith.  If you are ready to take the first steps toward becoming Catholic please contact our Director of Faith Formation, Phillip Sandoval and fill out the information form at the top of this page.
Questions?
Send me a message
Phillip Sandoval
Director of Faith Formation
Good Shepherd Catholic Church
2626 E 7th Avenue Parkway, Denver CO 80206  l  (303)322-7706  l  goodshep@aol.com