Where do you begin?

Well, you just begin from where you are right now!

Many adults who are entering the Catholic Church, or even those who are thinking about it, follow a process called “O.C.I.A.” (Order of Christian initiation for Adults, Formerly called R.C.I.A.).

For information please see the information folders available at the church entrance. Still interested or have questions contact John Raymond at jr@aplusconsultingnow.com, even if you are an adult baptized Catholic but haven’t received 1st Holy Communion or Confirmation. You can also call the parish office at 941-497-2931 and leave a message and John will get back to you.

 If possible, please fill out the OCIA Application form and email it or bring it to the parish office.

Our classes began on October 12th, 2022 and they end a couple of weeks after Easter. You can always stop in to any class if you are interested on any Wednesday at 6PM in the Education Building (far left building on campus) classroom 7/8.

If you need to wait until classes begin, you can begin studying now by downloading our OCIA Study Guide, watch on Youtube Fr. John Ricardo’s “Becoming Catholic” (OCIA) (2018-2019) Episodes 1-32 or you might want to look into this free online OCIA series!

See this TV Commercial on the Catholic Church produced by Catholics Come Home who have a great message for those who are considering a return to the Catholic Faith – Come Home!

Don’t come back alone. Visit the Journey Home Network to connect with those from all walks of life who have already made this journey.

The Rite of Election 2015 where Our Lady of Lourdes Catechumens (not Baptized) and Candidates (Baptized but not in Full Communion with the Catholic Church) along with their sponsors are presented to Bishop Frank Dewane (Bishop of the Diocese of Venice in Florida). Also in the picture is our former Parochial Vicar Fr. Jean Woady Louis and former Deacon Lindley Pennypacker
Our new Catholics for 2016 after the Easter Vigil along with their sponsors. Those dressed in white are the former Catechumens now Baptized, Confirmed and have received their First Holy Communion. Also, pictured in the front row are the former Candidates along with our former Parochial Vicar Fr. Martin Koziola. The second row are the Catholic Godparents for the former Catechumens and Catholic sponsors for the former Candidates.
Representative RCIA Alumni from class years 2016 through 2019 attended Alumni pizza party for fellowship and fun.








OCIA/RCIA Alumni Pizza Party members along with some current candidates with their sponsors for 2022.
Easter Vigil 2022: Our New Catholics with their sponsors and Fr. Jay
Easter Vigil 2022 Baptism
Easter Vigil 2022 First Holy Communion
Easter Vigil 2022 Confirmation