What is RCIA?
A process to introduce the teachings of the Catholic Church to individuals who wish to learn more, including the opportunity to join the Church. The RCIA process invites participants to grow in their understanding of the Catholic Church, its teachings and way of life. It is focused on Jesus Christ and coming to know him more deeply. The process is marked by prayer, study, fellowship and the celebration of Rites at Mass.
How do I sign up for RCIA?
To sign up, you can register on-line or download a registration form from this web site, fill it out and mail it to the address indicated on the form. You can also pick up a registration form at the parish office at 180 Samuel Blvd, Coppell (Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. - noon, 1-5 p.m.) or call
ext. 1895 and request a form and one will be mailed to you.
When and where are the RCIA sessions held?
RCIA sessions are held each Sunday in the Cenacle located in St. Ann Center under the clock tower. We meet from 9:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sessions begin on
Sunday, September 18, 2016.
What is the format of the sessions?
The sessions typically begin with Scripture Reflection, followed by a teaching, questions and answers, and small group discussion.
What is the cost for attending RCIA?
There is no cost to you to attend RCIA. The RCIA team presents the sessions, socials and retreat for all those who attend RCIA. There is an overnight retreat in February that may require payment.
May I bring my spouse/fiance(e) to the sessions?
Yes. We encourage your spouse/fiance to register as an Sponsor and attend the sessions with you.
Is childcare available during RCIA sessions?
Yes. Childcare is available for children of RCIA participants who are 6 months through 12 years of age -
at no cost. The children will be in the St. Ann nursery which is only a short distance from the RCIA meeting room.
If I have been baptized in another church, do I need to be baptized again?
In most cases, you do NOT need to be baptized again. The Catholic Church requires that you were baptized with water, in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We will request a copy of your baptismal certificate or other proof of baptism from the church where you were baptized. Proof of baptism may include a church letter, a membership record indicating that you were baptized, etc.
I was told I need a Sponsor who is a baptized and confirmed Catholic and is in good standing in the Catholic Church and who will attend the sessions with me. What if I don’t know anyone who could do that?
Don’t worry about it. We have people who gratiously volunteer to fulfill the Sponsor role. They will attend the sessions with you each Sunday.
Do I have to attend every session?
RCIA is a building-block process and each session builds on the one before. However, we realize that there may be situations which would cause someone to miss. Therefore, absences are handled on a case-by-case basis. If you must miss a session, arrangements can be made to provide you with a copy of the notes from the session. We also video tape parts of each session so that you may view that in case of an absence.
How many sessions can I miss?
Our desire is to have you attend all sessions. In fact, St. Ann Parish is one of the few parishes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that offers RCIA on the weekend. RCIA is certainly a place where you will learn about what the Catholic Church believes and teaches; however, it is much more than that. It is a process of getting to know Jesus Christ and growing together in community. RCIA is a process of conversion to a life with Christ. This process takes time and commitment on your part.
Can a Catholic attend to learn more about their faith?
Yes, all are invited. Please register as an Sponsor. Know that there are also many other opportunitites at St. Ann to learn more about our faith.
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Who can I call for more information or clarification about RCIA at St. Ann?
You may call Laney Sherburne at
ext. 1895 or e-mail at