Becoming Catholic

Hi! My name is Will Wright and I am the Director of Catechesis and Evangelization for Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.
I'm so glad that you found our website! Perhaps you've thought about Becoming Catholic for a while or maybe you accidentally found your way to this page. No matter who you are, YOU have a place in the Catholic Church. The invitation to abundant life that Jesus Christ offers is universal, it is for every single human being, without exception. 
At our parish, Becoming Catholic consists of weekly talks and classes that gradually allows you to inquire, learn, question, grow, and journey towards full initiation in the Catholic Church. In many parishes, you may see RCIA, this means the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. This is the process that we follow as well; however, we chose the name "Becoming Catholic" because it immediately lets you know what the goal is.
If you would like more information about the next steps, or if you just want to ask questions in a judgment-free zone, please contact me. There is no commitment to talk to me! Commitment happens gradually in RCIA and is not final until one becomes a full Catholic through Baptism, Confirmation, and First Holy Communion.
Please see below for an Outline re: RCIA.
Will Wright - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 623-344-7288
Becoming Catholic - in Fr. McGivney Room at Our Lady of Lourdes on Sundays from
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Regular Meeting Dates Before Easter (subject to change):
    • September 22 & 29
    • October 13 & 27
    • November 3, 10, 17, & 24
    • December 1, 8, 15, & 22
    • January 5, 12, & 19
    • February 2, 9, 16, & 23,
    • March 1, 8, 22, & 29,
    • April 5
  • Liturgical Rites and Practices:
    • Rite of Acceptance - October 20, 2019 - During the 10 a.m. High Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes
    • Rite of Election - at the Cathedral - date TBD, usually during Lent
    • Baptism and Confirmation Practice - April 5, during our regular meeting
    • Easter Vigil - Saturday, April 11

Outline for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

(From the Diocese of Phoenix website):

Period of Evangelization and Precatechumenate
This is a time, of no fixed duration or structure, for inquiry and introduction to Gospel values, an opportunity for the beginnings of faith.

First Step: Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens
This is the liturgical rite, usually celebrated on some annual date or dates, marking the beginning of the catechumenate proper, as the candidates express and the Church accepts their intention to respond to God’s call to follow the way of Christ.

Period of the Catechumenate
This is the time, in duration corresponding to the progress of the individual, for the nurturing and growth of the catechumens’ faith and conversion to God; celebrations of the Word and prayers of exorcism and blessing are meant to assist the process.

Second Step: Election or Enrollment of Names
This is the liturgical rite, usually celebrated on the First Sunday of Lent, by which the Church formally ratifies the catechumens’ readiness for the sacraments of initiation and the catechumens, now the elect, express the will to receive these sacraments.

Period of Purification and Enlightenment
This is the time immediately preceding the elects’ initiation, usually the Lenten season preceding the celebration of this initiation at the Easter Vigil; it is a time of reflection, intensely centered on conversion, marked by celebration of the scrutinies and presentations and of the preparation rites on Holy Saturday.

Third Step: Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation
This is the liturgical rite, usually integrated into the Easter Vigil, but which the elect of initiated through Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist.

Period of Postbaptismal Catechesis or Mystagogy
This is the time, usually the Easter season, following the celebration of initiation, during which the newly initiated experience being fully a part of the Christian community by means of both penitent catechesis and particularly by participation with all the faithful in the Sunday Eucharistic celebration.