The Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) is based on the principle that conversion proceeds gradually, and in stages. Progress from one stage to the next is marked by a liturgical celebration in the midst of the parish community. The experience and needs of candidates differ, and so the length of time may vary for each person. Yet, there are similarities among all groups and the process that they will experience. Unbaptized adults who need help to grow in awareness of God's call to conversion are considered catechumens. Adults baptized in another Christian church and seeking full communion with the Roman Catholic Church are considered candidatesAdult Catholics who were baptized and received their First Communion in the Catholic Church and are interested in the Sacrament of Confirmation should contact the parish office to set up an appointment with Father Ray Powell or Father Julian Cardona.

RCIA Sponsors are companions to those who are going through the RCIA process.  Sponsors are friends, companions, and guides along this journey. A sponsor listens to their candidate’s questions.  A sponsor must be a practicing Catholic with knowledge of the Catholic faith and have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Communion. A sponsor comes to sessions and the special rites with their candidate encourages their candidate and share their time and faith. Please contact Jill St. Yves, director of religious education, for more information 865-986-9885, Ext. 18.

Education Contact:
Jill St. Yves, Director of Religious Education
865-986-9885, Ext. 15
[email protected] 

RCIA Contact:
Deacon John Krepps
[email protected]