Becoming Catholic

If you’re an adult living in the New Orleans area and want to know more about entering the Catholic Church, the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) process is designed to serve you. We can answer any questions you may have about becoming Catholic, or about the Christian Faith in general.

RCIA provides a systematic, reasonable, and respectful presentation of authentic Catholic belief and practices: what we believe, why we believe it, and how this belief is lived and made visible in our lives and in the world. We welcome anyone in the New Orleans area who’s curious about the Christian faith (including practicing Catholics seeking a richer understanding as well as those who’ve left or no longer actively practice the Faith), but our chief mission is to adults who have decided to seek admission to the Catholic Church.

RCIA at St. Patrick’s is not a debating society or a forum for airing grievances. We come together to learn and discuss what the Church is – so we will respect your time by not deviating into private theories, speculations, or agendas. Authenticity is our goal, in continuity with the life of the Church from the beginning until now.

In addition to instruction, adults who desire admission to the Catholic Church will be led through a program of spiritual preparation to ensure their readiness to receive the sacraments of initiation. There is never any obligation to proceed: anyone not ready to take the final step of coming into the Church will not be expected to do so.

The weekly time commitment for RCIA is ninety minutes of instruction and discussion. An additional ninety minutes of private study and preparation on your own time is strongly recommended. Those intending to become fully Catholic will naturally be expected to begin living as Catholics, including a conscientious weekly commitment to Sunday Mass attendance.

There is no charge for RCIA materials or instruction. If you or someone you know is in the inquiry stage about the Catholic Church, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. is the starting date of the RCIA process at St. Patrick’s and the best place to have your questions answered. For more information please contact the rectory office: (504) 525-4413; email: