St. Joseph Catholic Church & School
St. Joseph Catholic Church & School


Making Disciples: Adults

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Becoming Catholic


The Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) is a spiritual journey of study, exploration and sharing, and faith formation for those interested in learning about the Catholic faith. Beginning with a time for inquiry, an individual takes several steps that lead toward full reception as a member of the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil, after which there is a guided period of reflection and celebration on being a new missionary disciple of Christ. The RCIA process is open to non-baptized adults seeking full initiation into the Church as well as adult Christians seeking full communion in the Roman Catholic Church.

RCIA at St. Joseph’s begins each fall in anticipation of preparing individuals to receive the Sacraments of Initiation on Holy Saturday the following spring.

To learn more about RCIA at St. Joseph’s, please call Fr. Joseph Pins at the Parish Office, 515-266-2226.

Alpha: Explore More

Yes, there is more to life. Check it out September 23!

Yes, there is more to life. Check it out September 23!

St. Joseph’s is excited to host the world-renowned Alpha, a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith at levels appropriate for seekers, occasional churchgoers, and practicing Catholics. Each session starts with a meal, followed by an engaging video and small-group discussions. Sessions are centered around thought-provoking questions designed to create conversation.

Over 27 million people worldwide have been drawn to Alpha by the simple question, “Is there mare to life than this?” It’s a question posed to each of us at various points throughout life - even when we think we’re where and who we ought to be - because life itself is a journey, not a destination.

There’s a place for everyone at St. Joseph’s Alpha table, and our next series begins September 23. View the calendar to check out the topics and meeting dates. Learn more about Alpha experience by emailing Deb Ryan or calling 515-266-2449. We also invite you to check out what Fr. John Riccardo and Fr. Mike Schmitz have to say about Alpha!

Scripture Study

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St. Joseph’s Scripture Study seeks to promote a love for Scripture as a key to better understanding and living the Catholic faith. Prospective participants need only have an open heart and desire to know Christ and his Church better.

Courses are held on Monday evenings, 6:30-8pm, in the fall and spring. An exciting, challenging variety of topics are thoughtfully selected from established Catholic Scripture study organizations. Participants receive a workbook, and sessions typically include insightful videos followed by small-group discussions.

Registration for each course is advertised in the bulletin and usually takes place one month in advance of the first session. There is a nominal fee for course materials. For more information or to connect with the group’s facilitator, please email the Parish Office or call 515-266-2226.