What is the Catholic Faith?  Beliefs? Traditions? Way of life?

Are you or someone you know interested in finding more about the Catholic Faith? 

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

We believe that every individual is on a journey, a journey of finding meaning, of finding God and of finding one’s self. RCIA is a process intended to help individuals journey to a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith and become fully initiated into the Catholic Church.

This is for everyone- those just beginning to ask questions and wanting to find out more to those who have been discerning this step in their faith journey for some time.

RCIA meets Wednesdays from 7-9pm.

Contact Rosemary in the office at (616) 532-9344 or email her at rbeahan@spxcatholic.org


Inquiry Stage

At this stage, there is no commitment, it is meant to create a safe space to ask questions and to satisfy curiosity about what it means to be a Catholic Christian. Inquiry classes happen throughout the year depending on participants’ interest and availability.

Catechumenate Stage

Catechumenate is the next stage after Inquiry. It marks a readiness to commit and a more formal preparation process. At this time, they becomes a catechumen, or a learner in faith. Catechumens meet regularly with other catechumens and a team of catechists for a period of time to learn in more depth about the content, meaning and lifestyle of Catholic Christian faith.

Purification & Enlightenment Stage

When a catechumen feels ready to enter into a formal and final period of preparation for full Initiation into the Church, they celebrate the Rite of Election, in which the bishop of the diocese formally selects catechumens for this final preparation period.  The former catechumens are at this point known as the “Elect,” that is, the “chosen.” This reminds them and the entire Church community that our membership in the Church comes through a call from God and our response to this call.

The Elect spend the season of Lent in a soul-searching process of examining