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Baptism for Adults

For adults baptized in another Christian denomination:


The Catholic Church recognizes the validity of any baptism that is done using the Trinitarian formula (in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) and using water.  So, if you are interested in becoming Catholic, but have already been baptized in another Christian denomination, you will not be rebaptized.  As a baptized Christian from another denomination, you will participate in our Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults program, which begins in the fall.  If you decide to enter in to full communion with the Catholic Church, you will receive the sacraments of confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil.


For unbaptized adults:


For unbaptized adults, we invite you to join the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults process.  This program gives participants the opportunity to learn about the Catholic faith and to attend Mass each week.  RCIA is a period of study, prayer, and discernment.  Anyone can join RCIA, even if you are unsure about what you believe and whether you want to become Catholic.  Only a genuine interest in coming to know Jesus Christ is necessary. For those who complete the RCIA process and choose to become Catholic, they receive baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil (the Saturday night before Easter Sunday).


 Adults interested in joining the RCIA program should contact Natasha Virnig at or call her at 608-798-4824.