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Become Catholic

Curious about the Catholic faith? Open to becoming a Catholic Christian?
Want to grow in discipleship and in relationship with Jesus?

Our Becoming Catholic team helps people who are inquiring about the Catholic faith and those who are considering joining the Catholic Church. We also help those who have been away from the Church return at a pace that is comfortable for them. We'd love to talk with you to find out where you are in your faith journey and how we can help!

First Step

The first step is to schedule a one-on-one meeting with a Becoming Catholic team member. At that meeting, we listen to your faith story and discover how we can best help you on your spiritual journey in the areas of Word, Worship, Witness and Community. 

Next Steps

The next step is creating an individualized faith formation map to guide you on your journey.* Depending on your needs and desires, we may then match you with a faith journey companion or sponsor. After that, in addition to attending Mass, you may:

  • continue to meet one-on-one
  • begin attending inquiry or formation sessions
  • participate in study or faith sharing groups

*You will receive a schedule, formation resources, and more details at your one-on-one meeting. Please note that, depending on your faith background, the length and pace of your faith journey may differ from others.

Sessions and Rites

As part of your journey, you may attend group inquiry and formation sessions that usually meet on Thursdays from 7-8:30 pm. Some sessions meet on different days and at different times.

You may be encouraged to attend Scripture reflection sessions based on the Mass readings. These sessions meet on Sundays as part of the 8am Mass.

Your faith journey will also likely include special special liturgies, retreats, and service opportunities.

What is the RCIA?

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is the process that unbaptized adults go through to become Catholic and be fully initiated into the church. It is more than just learning the history, rules and regulations. It is building a relationship with God and the worshiping community. Click here to learn more about the RCIA on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website. Adults of other Christian faiths who have been validly baptized follow a path customized to their needs and previous faith journey.

More Information?

For more information or to schedule a one-on-one meeting, contact Faye Akers at  fakers@saintfrancischurch.org or call (515) 223-4577.

Click here to view and print a copy of the most recent Becoming Catholic brochure.


Already Catholic? Called to walk with another on a faith journey?

If you're already Catholic, we're happy to talk with those who may be called as:

  • prayer partners

  • hospitality or session hosts
  • faith story tellers

  • faith journey companions or sponsors
  • catechists
  • Scripture facilitators

This is a great opportunity to learn more and grow in your faith, too! Click here for an expanded description of each of these roles.

For more information, contact Faye Akers at (515) 223-4577 ext 104 or fakers@saintfrancischurch.org


Past Sessions & Resources

While attending Mass is the best way to learn about the Catholic faith, we also offer inquiry and formation sessions for those considering the Catholic faith. Here are links to video segments, presentation slides, and handouts from some of the sessions we offer.


The Eucharist & Communion (with Tim and Janis Falk)
March 2, 2017
In this session, Tim discusses how during Liturgy of the Eucharist the Holy Spirit comes to bring us into communion with Christ and so to form his body. Using a presentation from the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Janis demonstrates the importance of the co-mingling of the elements of water and wine at the time of consecration in the Mass.


The Jewish Roots of the Eucharist (with Kayla Richer and Debbie Chalik)
Feb 23, 2017
In this 40-min session, Kayla and Debbie look at the Jewish roots of the Eucharist and compare it with the Passover.


Reconciliation & God's Mercy (with Fr. Ray McHenry)
Feb 16, 2017
In this session, Fr. Ray gives an overview of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. As part of the presentation, two Becoming Catholic team members demonstrate with the help of Fr. Ray how to celebrate the sacrament.

  • Watch Part 1 of the presentation.
  • Watch Part 2 of the presentation.


Catholic Social Teaching (with Ken Bresnan)
Feb 9, 2017
Using a video from the series, "Ten Gifts of the Catholic Faith," we discuss the question, What is Catholic Social Teaching? and also hear how to put the teaching in to practice with Catholic Charities of Des Moines.


Into Great Silence: Entering the Desert with Jesus (with Dr. Tom Neal)
Feb 3-4, 2017
This pre-Lenten retreat offered an opportunity to slow down and reflect more deeply on our relationship with God. Special emphasis was placed on the importance of silence, the beauty of prayer and growing in awareness of God's presence.


Prayer & Spirituality: Entering Lent (with Cindy Shaw)
Jan 26, 2017
In this session, Cindy helps us prepare for the Lenten season as she shares about St. Ignatius of Loyola, looks at the role of awareness and "holy listening" and explores how Ignatius' "three modes/methods of discernment" can be applied to the questions we ask about life.


Baptism & Confirmation (with Faye Akers)
Jan 19, 2017
Using two videos from the series, "Ten Gifts of the Catholic Faith," we discuss the questions, What is a Sacrament? What does it mean to be a sacramental Church? What are the Sacraments of Initiation? and also hear personal witnesses about the sacraments of baptism and confirmation.


The Nativity (with Tim Falk)
Dec 15, 2016
In this session, Tim looks at The Nativity as it is presented in the Gospels and what it means.


Catholic Social Teaching & Moral Formation (with Tom Chapman)
Dec 8, 2016
In this session, Tom covers 4 principles of faithful citizenship and the process of conscience formation.


Christian Scriptures (with Jason Collins, M.A.)
Nov 17, 2016
In this session, Jason gives an overview of Christian Scriptures (or New Testament) and how they are viewed by Catholics.


Jewish Scriptures (with Jason Collins, M.A.)
Nov 10, 2016
In this session, Jason gives an overview of Jewish Scriptures (or Old Testament) and how they are viewed by Catholics.


Baptism and Confirmation (with Jen Krzak)
Sept 22, 2016
In this session, Jen Krzak looks at the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation through the lens of her own adult Baptism & Confirmation.


The Creed: Four Marks of the Church (with Jerry Murphy)
Sept 15 , 2016
In this session, Jerry Murphy uses the Creed to explain the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.


The Creed: Holy Trinity and Christology (with Tim Falk)
Sept 9, 2016
In this session, Tim Falk explains the history of the Creed as it relates to the Holy Trinity and who Christ is.


The Paschal Mystery (with Dr. Matt Halbach)

Mar 10, 2016
In this session, Dr. Halbach explains the Paschal Mystery (Christ's passing through death, from this life into eternal glory) as a way to help us prepare for Holy Week and Easter.


Sacred Scripture (with Jason Collins, M.A.)
Feb 25, 2016
In this session, Jason gives an overview of Sacred Scriptures and how they are viewed by Catholics.


The Rosary (with Tim Falk)
Jan 14, 2016
In this session, Tim looks at Mary and The Rosary as a form of prayer.


Prayer (with Cindy Shaw)

Dec 3, 2015
In this 40-min session, Cindy gives an overview of prayer & spirituality, including finding a prayer space and different forms of prayer.


The Liturgical Year (with Deb Barry)
Nov 12, 2015
This 30-min session includes an overview of the liturgical year and an introduction to the season of Advent.