Saint Andrew Catholic Church and School

Becoming Catholic (OCIA)

Thinking about becoming Catholic? The Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (OCIA) is a process designed for those who are interested in searching out the Catholic faith.

This process is marked by four stages: (See USCC web page for more details)

  1. Period of Evangelization and Precatechumenate
  2. The Period of the Catechumenate
  3. The Period of Purification and Enlightenment (the liturgical season of Lent)
  4. The Period of Mystagogia.

Sessions run from late fall to Easter Sunday. The OCIA community includes the candidates and their sponsors.  In addition to the weekly sessions, there are rites that mark passage from stage to stage. These are celebrated within the parish community at weekend Eucharistic Liturgies. These rites include the Rite of Acceptance, the Rite of Election, and the Rites of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist).

For more information or to register for classes, contact:

  • Those under 18 - contact the parish office at 763-441-1483.
  • For adult formation 18 years or older contact: Tim Boesch at 763-221-4883.

We hold a summer session of the Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (OCIA) Classes, yet you can start at any time. These classes will prepare you for adult Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation. Email Tim Boesch or call (763) 221-4883, if you are interested in learning more about the OCIA process.

Order of Christian Initiation of Adults

Are you 18 years old and desire to learn about the life changing sacraments Jesus instituted for you: Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation? 
Even if you have been baptized in one of the Christian faiths, and are seeking to join the Catholic faith, preview a sample lesson hosted by William Guertin and Jim Schroeder. {Session: Opening with shared prayer using the scripture, the value of relationships and coming to Jesus, personal questions of faith and opportunity to sahre your stories, being open to how you too are loved and called in the sacraments.}

Know you are welcome to learn more through one of the following options:

Leader resources: 

Please contact Fr. Mark Innocenti at 763-441-1483 if you have a child or children between the ages of seven and seventeen who are not baptized, come from another faith tradition and/or have had no formal Catholic faith formation, and want to prepare for the sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation or Confirmation.