Becoming Catholic (OCIA fka RCIA)

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”

– John 3:16


Are you curious about becoming Catholic?

Are you Catholic but haven’t yet received all your sacraments?

O.C.I A., the Order of Christian Initiation for Adults, is the amazing journey of entering into the fullness of the Catholic faith. We will help you to learn, grow, find community, and prepare for the fullness of life that God desires for us all! As Jesus promised, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)  Find this new, abundance of life in the O.C.I.A.!

Here is a note from Father James

      I’m so glad to hear that you’re interested in exploring Catholicism more deeply and receiving one or all the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist! 
      It wasn’t until college that I began to rigorously investigate the claims of Catholicism, and I was happy to discover that the more questions that I asked, and the more of my life that I invested in Jesus, the deeper peace and joy that I experienced!  I want you to know and experience that peace and joy as well, so I’m excited to personally walk with you through your own faith journey, wherever you may be.  Even if you’re unsure with where you’re at regarding becoming Catholic or receiving all your sacraments, please fill out this form so that I can know how best to help as we move forward.  (If someone else is joining you, please fill out the form a separate time for them as well!)
      Here are some photos from last year’s crew to give you an idea of how awesome “OCIA” is! 

God bless,

Fr. James Guarascio
Parochial Vicar
(630)851-3444 x226 | 

Resources on Catholicism

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Recommended Podcasts

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√ Catholic Answers 

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AMA (ask me anything) with Father James

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√ Ask Me Anything with Fr. James