Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Do you ever ask yourself…

  • What is the meaning of my life?Cross
  • How can I become a part of something bigger than myself?
  • How can I be a better person?
  • Does God have something to say to me?

Come and see as we explore the answers to these and many other questions like them. For almost 2000 years, people have turned to the Catholic Church to enrich their lives. Through the Sacraments of Initiation, Jesus Christ offers a life that is everlasting; a life beyond this one. Come and see! Join us and begin your journey through the RCIA. Inquiry Sessions are ongoing.

If you or if you know of anyone who is interested in the Catholic way of life, invite them to come and see! 

Come and see !

For more information, please call the parish office at 510-656-2364.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Children

Seeking the Sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist for your child (under age 17)? The RCIC’s Children’s Catechumenate is the process for a child becoming Catholic. Please click here for additional information.

But what if I’m already Catholic but I just need Confirmation to complete my initiation?

If this describes you and you are an adult (over 18 years of age), St. Joseph Parish offers a 6-week program to prepare you for the Sacrament of Confirmation! These sessions offer in-depth knowledge of the four pillars of our faith: our Belief as expressed in our Creed (holding on to faith), the Sacraments (expressing our faith), our Way of Life (living faith), and Prayer (praying faith).

We offer two formation sessions annually. The first session begins in November with reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland in January (date to be determined) or our second session which begins in February with reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation celebrated here at St. Joseph during the Easter Vigil. For more information, please call 510-656-2364 or contact the parish office about this transformative program!