Questions on Becoming Catholic?

Especially in light of todays world events and circumstances, we recognize that one, life is fragile, and two, we are not in control in the grand scheme of things.  However, God uses situations such as these to somehow bring about His presence with us in the midst of it all.  


If you're wanting to know more about the Catholic Faith, we invite you to first off, contact Mike: 817-332-4915, ext. 30, or mwaldon@stpatrickcathedral.org, and set up at time to discuss where you might be hearing God guiding you.  


For those who are not baptized, or who have been baptized in another denomination, you are invited to also check out RCIA - the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.  While the name sounds big, it's simply the ancient practice of members of the church community walking with individuals in their ongoing conversion to Christ as they come to see God for who has revealed Himself to be in Jesus.  


If that still sounds like a lot, please, be at peace, and simply give Mike a call or an email


Sign Up Online: https://forms.gle/TQxyAZiPw2tYxcYbA


Also, for the most up-to-date info, sign up at Flocknote: https://stpatrickcathedral.flocknote.com/BecomingCatholic


*Due to the Current Covid-19 conditions, sessions will be online and in-person TBD. 


Sessions | Wednesday Evenings 7:00pm - 8:30pm starting September 16 2020.  


Fall Schedule 2020: RCIA_2020_-_2021_.pdf


Godparent | Sponsor Information

Godparents/sponsors have a special relationship to the person who is to be baptized or confirmed. A godparent/sponsor serves as a model of Christian living for the individual he/she is serving, as that person is renewed and strengthened by the power of the Holy Spirit. Below are the necessary forms if you have been asked to be Godparent or a sponsor.  

  • Godparent | Sponsor Information Form

  • Letter of Good Standing

    This form is for a Godparent | Sponsor to fill out and get signed by their home parish.  


    Godparent_-_Sponsor_Letter_of_Good_Standing.pdf



  • What does it take to be a Good Godparent | Sponsor

    This information is from the ACMRCIA.ORG website:


    • Pray for them regularly.
    • Exchange telephone numbers and email addresses with them.
    • Ask them to notify you or a team member in the event that he or she will miss a session.
    • If they miss an RCIA session, call afterwards to show concern.
    • Extend an invitation to attend Mass or other parish activities/ministries with you.
    • Introduce them to other parishioners.
    • Extend an invitation to attend a Catholic baptism, wedding, funeral, parish reconciliation service, or other liturgical event with you.  Allow time to discuss the experience before or after.
    • Offer to provide childcare sometime so that the person you are serving can have a special night out with his or her spouse.
    • Share good Catholic resources (books, magazines, CDs, DVDs), or go to a Catholic bookstore together to browse.
    • Suggest having a casual lunch or coffee or dessert together sometime.
    • Send a Christmas card, or give a small gift.
    • Prior to receiving baptism, the person you are serving will be asked to participate in the long-standing tradition of choosing a patron saint’s name from among the many saints of the Bible and the Church’s history. You can assist in this process in many ways, especially by praying for guidance, discussing your favorite saints, and helping them think about how to decide and to look for resources on saints.
    • Give an appropriate gift at the time of their initiation (patron saint medal, book on the chosen patron saint, rosary, subscription to a good Catholic periodical).
    • Remember the anniversary of their baptism or reception into the Church (card, note, phone call, etc.).

In RCIA, our goal is to share the story of a God who loves each of us so intensely, and has created us out of that very love to be in relationship with Him, in His fullness.  So often though, we tend to want God to work on our terms instead of truly meeting Him on His terms.  In this story, God proves His love for us by becoming one with us in history and in our humanity in Jesus Christ, who freely offered himself for our redemption and salvation, and invites us to share in His resurrected life as we all await the fullness of God's recreation, or as scripture says, so that we “may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10) and that His "kingdom come, His will be done, on earth as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:10). 


So, whether you are coming from a background of a different religion or no religion,  

or are a baptized Christian from another denomination, RCIA is the place for you!!


Please note also, there is no set time frame of "how long does it take" as each person's journey is unique, and we strive to walk with you as a church community the best we can as you walk forward in the life God intends for you.  

the first step

The first “step” of inquiring further into the faith is scheduling a time to meet so that the RCIA journey can be explained in detail and all your questions can be answered. So, if you are interested in RCIA, please call at 817-332-4915, or email Mike: mwaldon@stpatrickcathedral.org


We truly look forward to hearing from you!  May the peace of Christ be with you!

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