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The OCIA is the process of formation for adults interested in becoming Catholic.  The acronym, OCIA, stands for the Order of Christian Initiation of Adults and is specifically designed for those interested in growing in their relationship with Jesus Christ through the eyes of the Catholic faith tradition.  It's a gradual process of conversion where people are welcomed into the Catholic Christian community and introduced to the Catholic way of life.  

Who participates in the OCIA? 

OCIA is for adults who have never been baptized in any Christian faith; adults who were baptized in another faith tradition and are thinking about becoming Catholic; and Catholics who were baptized, but never received the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation. In addition, children who desire to be baptized and are of catechetical age (normally 7 & older) are formed within the context of the OCIA as adapted for children.  The STJB parish community will walk with you every step of the way!

When and where does OCIA take place? 

The process begins with a period of inquiry which is available year-round.  During this time you will have the opportunity to grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ, ask questions, begin to learn about Catholicism, and become more familiar with the STJB faith community. Formal adult catechetical sessions are scheduled on (September - May) Thursday evenings from 6:30pm-8:30pm and (January - December) Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm - 8:30pm at the Church for those who have formally joined the process.

How do I get started? 

To learn more about becoming Catholic here at STJB, contact Teresa Palmer, Pastoral Minister and OCIA Coordinator at (513) 367-9086 ext. 218 or email her at tpalmer@stjb.net.  We will find a convenient time to meet and discuss how best STJB might serve your needs and answer any questions you might have.