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Frequently Asked Questions

Many visitors to the RCIA have questions. We will build upon your questions if you submit them via the "Contact us" page.

Q. I speak Spanish. What do I do?

We have membes of our team who are bi-lingual. Contact Deacon Ed and let him know of the situation. He will put you in touch with a Spanish speaking member of the team.

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Q. How do I get started learning about the Catholic Church and its faith?

There are two good ways. The choice is up to you. You can contact us directly (phone or email) or you can simply show up at one of our "inquiry classes." Inquiry class in English meets at the Schneider Education building on Wednesday evening, 7:30 until 9:00 PM. We meet every Wednesday with only a few exceptions during holidays and bad weather.

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Q. I am not interested in becoming a Catholic, but I would like to learn about the faith.

The inquiry group is for you. There is no pressure to become a Catholic. All we ask is that you come for the purpose of learning. This is not a forum for debating theological questions.

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Q. I am already a Catholic, but I have been away from the practice of my faith. How can I get back in touch.

Contact us or come to an inquiry session. We will help you determine what is the best way ahead for you. This kind of question is best handled in a one-on-one meeting.

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Q. How long does the RCIA process take?

It depends on your individual situation. No general answer can be given. The process begins when you first contact us. We will meet with you and identify your particular needs and let you know what it looks like. It is a LIFE decision, and should be made very carefully. Some people need more than one or two years. Others are ready within a few months. Really: "IT DEPENDS." You may want to visit the "Checklist" page to learn more about why some individuals take longer (or shorter) than others.

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Q. What about the Catholic Church's understanding about divorce and remarriage?

This is a subject that requires individual consultation. There are many different situations, and they cannot be addressed in this kind of Q&A setting. We have expert consultants to help you determine what needs to be done in your particular case. Please do not assume that your situation cannot be helped. Talk to us about it.

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Q. What is the schedule?

To put it simply, the schedule is that we meet every week. There is no "course" of study that needs to be completed. The process prepares you to be a Catholic through teaching you what the Catholic Church teaches and involving you in the Catholic community. Once you are practicing the Catholic faith and understand its beliefs, you may be ready to become Catholic. We will give you a personal assessment of where you stand in that process at any time.

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Q. Can I bring a friend?

We welcome you and your friend. The place to begin is inquiry class.

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Q. Babysitting is a problem for me. Can you help?

Normally, the sessions are for adults. When we become aware of special needs because of family situations, we do the best we can to accomodate those needs. It is a big help if you can let us know of those needs in advance.

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Q. I travel a lot on my job, or I have to be available for shift work. I cannot attend regular meetings on any day of the week. How can you help?

Let us know about your particular situation. We may be able to suggest something to help. Alternatively, you can miss classes because of work schedule; but missing classes means you may need to take longer in becoming prepared to be Catholic. If your situation requires special attention, we will do what we can to assist. Let us know the details.

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Q. My personal documentation is complicated. Can you help?

We can usually figure out how to handle these situations. You need to contact us to determine what needs to be done.

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