Adult Initiation

Are you interested in becoming a member of the Catholic Church?


Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) “is designed for adults who, after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. By God’s help they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and at the proper time will receive the sacraments fruitfully.”

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, a Ministry of Welcoming

RCIA is the usual way in which adults and teens who are not Catholic become members of the Catholic Church.  Those seeking to study and learn more about the Catholic faith, along with those who are interested in potentially becoming Catholic gather beginning in September.



Catechumenate Period Catechetical Sessions: 

Sundays, 8am-10:50am in the A/B Room

October 15, November 12, December 10, January 14 and 28, February 18, and

March 11


October 15: Revelation, Trinity and Faith

November 12: Scripture and Tradition, The Bible, and the Story of Salvation

December 10: Jesus, Prayer, the Liturgical Calendar, and a Walk through the Mass

January 14: Holy Spirit and the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Living as a Disciple

January 28: Sacraments: Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, Marriage and Holy Orders

February 18: Mary, The Creed and The Lord’s Prayer

March 11: Catholic Morality and the Last Things (Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory)

Rite of Sending is at the 11am Mass, February 25th.  Rite of Election will follow at 3pm at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Grand Rapids.

  This spiritual journey of inquiry and conversion continues until the Easter Vigil Mass, (the  eve of Easter) where by the Catechumens (those not already baptized) and the Candidates (those already baptized) are welcomed into the Catholic Church through reception of the sacraments of initiation (baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist).

Those interested in beginning the RCIA process should contact Carla Niziolek at       616-399-1062 or to register and to learn more about the RCIA           program at Our Lady of the Lake Parish.