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The Dept. of Lifelong Faith Formation supports the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and the growth of its implementation as envisioned by the Vatican II Council with its adaptation for children. We serve the catechumenate under the Bishop's direction in order to "take steps toward restoring the instruction of adult catechumens or toward adapting it more effectively."(Decree on the Pastoral Office of Bishops in the Church Christus Dominus, no. 14).

The Scrutinies

 Training and formation is available for leaders and teams by request.

2017 Rite of Election 

Rite of Election 2017 Registration Form click here

Notes & Procedures 2017 click here

Parish Celebration of Rite of Sending click here

Scroll fillable click here

Scroll PDF click here

Directions to St. Joseph Cathedral click here

Parking lot maps click here

Letter to Pastors & Coordinators click here

2017 Lenten Retreat for Elect, Candidates, Sponsors & Team Members 

2017 Retreat Registration click here

2017 Retreat Flyer click here

2017 Mystagogy Mass flyer click here

2017 Diocesan Events for the Catechumenate (click here for more info):


5      Rite of Election, 3:30PM, St. Joseph's Cathedral


8      Retreat for Elect, Candidates, Sponsors & Teams, 9AM-4PM, St. John Paul II, Lake View

11    Chrism Mass with dismissal of Catechumens, 7:00PM, St. Joseph's Cathedral

30    Mystagogy Mass, 10:30AM, St. Joseph's Cathedral, Bishop Malone presiding


Sr. Barbara Schiavoni, G.N.S.H.,Associate Director (email)

Dept. of Lifelong Faith Formation

Phone: (716) 847-5516

Fax: (716) 847-5593