Sacramental Preparation [RCIA]

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Villanova University works with our parish, St. Thomas of Villanova to prepare those about to receive the Sacraments. Sacraments of Initiation (those preparing to enter the church or make a fuller commitment) are Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist. See the RCIA page for more details. Those preparing for marriage work directly with the Parish Wedding Coordinator.

All those who desire Baptism, Eucharist or Confirmation in the Catholic faith are invited to sign up now in the Campus Ministry Office located in the basement of St. Rita's Hall.

Questions or concerns can be directed to:

Kathy Overturf
(610) 519-7978

In the RCIA there are four periods of formation and three liturgical stages:

Periods of Formation

  • Evangelization (Precatechumenate)
  • Catechumenate
  • Enlightenment
  • Mystagogia

Liturgical Stages

  • Rite of Becoming a Catechumen
  • Rite of Election
  • Initiation

Here are the terms listed in the order in which they take place:


Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults; frequently called "catechumenate" or "Christian Initiation"


Whatever leads a person to hear the word of God in such a way to lead to initial conversion to the Lord.


An informal introduction to the Catholic community, a period of discussion, prayer and discernment designed to help an individual make a decision about entering the catechumenate.

Rite of Becoming a Catechumenate

This is one of the major rites in which the inquirer requests entrance into the catechumenate and becomes a member in training.


A specific period of formation into the Christian Catholic community, including an intellectual understanding of the faith and an adult experience of it.

Rite of Election

This is the major rite by which the catechumenate, on the basis of testimony, is accepted for full membership into the Church.


A period of intense spiritual preparation for initiation into the Church

Rite of Initiation

This is the major rite by which the catechumenate is initiated into the Church through the Baptism, Conformation, and Eucharist.

Participants in the precatechumenates are called inquirers. In the catechumenate, they are catechumens. During the time of Enlightenment and Purification, they are the elect. And in the final period of Mystagogia, they are neophytes.


RCIA Process

·         The Process of Becoming A Roman Catholic

·         RCIA Information

·         North American Forum for the Catechumenate

·         Description of RCIA by Scharback

·         How To Become A Catholic by James Akin


Please contact Patty Greenhalgh at 610-520-1242 or email her at for more information.

For procedures and a registration form, please visit St. Thomas of Villanova's website.

Parish Liturgy

Sunday Mass

         7:30 and 10:30AM
         St. Thomas of Villanova Church

University Liturgy

Sunday Evening Liturgy

        7:00 PM
        St. Thomas of Villanova Church

Daily Mass Schedule

        Monday—Friday 12:05PM
        Corr Chapel

Homilies available on YouTube

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Villanova, PA 19085

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