OCIA - Order of Christian Initiation for Adults

Contact: Juliet Jones, 208-375-6651 or jjones@stmarksboise.org


Register HERE

OCIA - Order of Christian Initiation for Adults

The Order of Christian Initiation for Adults (OCIA) is the process one experiences when preparing to become a member of the Catholic Faith.

We are always open to meeting with you to talk about what you’re looking for, your needs, hopes, and desires.  Formation begins September 24th and culminates at the Easter Vigil Mass, which is celebrated the Saturday before Easter in the evening.

If you are interested in becoming Catholic or just learning more, please contact Juliet Jones at 208-375-6651 or jjones@stmarksboise.org.

 What now?

The Catholic Church invites you to come and see!  Please join us for Mass!

  • Are you yearning for something more in your life?
  • Are you interested in learning more about the Catholic Church?
  • Are you married to a Catholic and attend Mass but just don’t know what the next step is to becoming Catholic?
  • Are you unbaptized but recognize a need for spirituality in your life?
  • Are you a baptized Catholic or baptized in another religion, but never received any formal religious education?

The Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (OCIA) is a spiritual journey in faith to discover what it means to follow Jesus as a Catholic Christian and the joy and freedom that can result from journeying with Christ. The Rites or ‘mileposts’ along the journey help to continually discover God’s path and expectations for each person.

If you sense a desire to experience the joy of the Lord in the Catholic Church, we extend a continuous invitation to please come and speak with us. You are welcome.

Order of Christian Initiation of Adults

Period of Evangelization and Precatechumenate

This is a time for inquiry and introduction to Gospel values

Acceptance into the order of Catechumens

This is the liturgical rite that marks the beginning of the catechumenate proper, as the precatechumens express and the Church accepts their intention to respond to God’s call to follow the way of Christ.

Period of the Catechumens

This is the time for nurturing and growth of the catechumen’s faith and conversion to God.

Election or enrollment of names

This is the liturgical rite by which the Church formally ratifies the catechumens’ readiness for the sacraments of initiation and the catechumens, now called the elect, express the will to receive these sacraments.

Period of Purification and Enlightenment

This is the time-period immediately preceding initiation into the Church.

Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation

This is the liturgical rite, usually part of the Easter vigil, by which the elect are initiated through baptism, confirmation, and the Eucharist.

Period of post-baptismal catechesis  ~ Mystagogia

This is the time following the celebration of initiation, during which the newly initiated experience being fully part of the Christian community and participating with all the faithful in the Sunday Eucharistic celebration.