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Become a Fully-Initiated Catholic

RCIAAre you curious about becoming Catholic? Or, a Catholic who wishes to receive Confirmation and/or First Eucharist? Or, are you interested in accompanying those that are on this path?

Our parish offers an opportunity to come together in a small group to learn more about our Catholic Christian faith. Weekly sessions focus on the teachings and experience of the Church and later prepare interested individuals to celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist during the Easter season. You are welcome to participate in the process with your questions, your insights, and your faith story in a warm, welcoming setting. Weekly sessions begin in the Fall. Please e-mail frjoseph@sfcarini.org or contact Fr. Joseph Tran at (408) 879-1120 #12.

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Becoming Catholic – Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

The RCIA, which stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is a process through which non-baptized men and women enter the Catholic Church. It includes several stages marked by study, prayer and rites at Mass. Participants in the RCIA are known as catechumens. They undergo a process of conversion as they study the Gospel, profess faith in Jesus and the Catholic Church, and receive the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Holy Eucharist. The RCIA process follows the ancient practice of the church and was restored by the Second Vatican Council as the normal way adults prepare for baptism.

The three sacraments of Christian initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist – closely combine to bring us, the faithful of Christ, to his full stature and to enable us to carry out the mission of the entire people of God in the Church and in the world.
If a person has been baptized in another Christian tradition, the initiation process prepares you to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church by celebrating the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist or Holy Communion.

Baptism – Baptism incorporates us into Christ and forms us into God’s people. This first sacrament pardons all our sins, rescues us from the power of darkness, and brings us to the dignity of adopted children, a new creation through water and the Holy Spirit.

Confirmation – Hence we are called and are indeed the children of God. By signing us with the gift of the Spirit, confirmation makes us more completely the image of the Lord and fills us with the Holy Spirit, so that we may bear witness to him before all the world and work to bring the Body of Christ to its fullness as soon as possible.

First Eucharist (Holy Communion) – Finally, coming to the table of the Eucharist, we eat the flesh and drink the blood of the Son of Man so that we may have eternal life and show forth the unity of God’s people. By offering ourselves with Christ, we share in the universal sacrifice, that is, the entire community of the redeemed offered to God by their High Priest, and we pray for a greater outpouring of the Holy Spirit, so that the whole human race may be brought into the unity of God’s family.

Becoming Catholic Video

Watch this informative video about joining the Catholic Church.

New to watching videos on Formed.org?

Here are some simple instructions for using the SFC subscription on the Formed.org video website:
  1. visit https://formed.org/
  2. click “SIGN UP” in the banner at the top of the page
  3. enter “St Frances Cabrini San Jose” in the “Find your Parish or Organization” field
  4. select “St Frances Cabrini 15333 Woodard Rd San Jose CA”
  5. click “Next”
  6. enter you name and email address in the “Your Name” and “Your email address” fields
  7. click “Sign Up”


Step 1: To get started, please complete our online information gathering form below:


RCIA Registration

Adult RCIA Information Form

Information on this form is kept confidential and will not be shared without your permission.

Applicant General Information

Full Name:

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Place of Birth:

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Father's Name:
Father's Name:
Mother's Name:
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Contact Information

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Religious History

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Current Marital Status

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Family Information

List the name(s) of any children or other dependents (e.g. daughter-Jane; Stepson-John). Click "+Add" to add more children.

General Questions

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Please click the button below submit this form. We will contact you to confirm your registration. Thank you.

St. Frances Cabrini – Pray for us!


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Step 2: Sponsor Form

Upon completion and submission of the registration form above you will be redirected to a page with the required Sponsor Form. The Sponsor form can also be picked up at the Parish office or can be downloaded here: