A Catechumen is an individual receiving instruction before receiving the Sacrament of Baptism.

Catechesis is the process where an individual receives instruction in the Christian Faith in order to be baptized. This process was begun by the Apostiles, as described in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2), and continues throughout the life of the individual.


The first of the seven sacraments and the “door” which gives access to the other sacraments. Baptism is the first and chief sacrament of forgiveness of sins because it unites us with Christ, who died for our sins and rose for our justification. Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist constitute the “sacrments of initiation” by which a believer receives the remission of original and personal sin, begins a new life in Christ and the Holy Spirit, and is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ. (CCC)


One of the ensemble of the sacraments of initiation into the Church. Confirmation completes the grace of Baptism by a special outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which seal or “confirm” the baptized in union with Christ and equip them for active participation in the worship and apostolic life of the Church. (CCC 1285)


The ritual, sacarmental action of thanksgiving to Gos which constitutes the principle Christian liturgical celebration of and communion in the paschal mystery of Christ. The liturgical action called the Eucharist is also traditionally known as the Holy Sacrafice of the Mass. The Holy Eucharist completes the sacraments of initiation. (CCC)

Catechumens are asked to proceed through a series of self-study topics using the resources available to them by St. John Neumann Catholic Church. The primary source of these resources will be the Formed website. This resource is provided free of charge and you will receive an access code once you have completed registration for the RCIA process. The link to the registration form can be found below. Once your registration form has been submitted, please send an e-mail to to schedule and appointment to meet with a member of the RCIA staff to determine your next steps. Because the journey of Faith is unique to each individual, this meeting will be to discuss your journey of Faith to date and determine the next steps.

After you have met with a member of the RCIA staff, you will begin a process of prayer, reflection, and study. The study materials will be provided to you and you and your Sponsor and/or Godparent will work through the materials at your own pace. All of these materials will be available online on the Formed website and on a YouTube channel. There will also be scheduled meetings with all participants on the parish Zoom channel. You will be provided the link to this channel and the schedule of meetings once you have completed your scheduled meeting.

If you wish to register for RCIA at the parish, please complete the registration form.

What really matters in life is that we are loved by Christ and that we love him in return. In comparison to the love of Jesus, everything else is secondary. And, withou the love of Jesus, everything is useless.

St. Pope John Paul II

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