Rite of Christian Initation of Adults

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the normative way in which adults become full, active and participating members of the Catholic Church. The R.C.I.A. involves the whole parish, in prayer as the rites are celebrated, in hospitality  as new members are welcomed, and in specific ministries as sponsor, or catechist.


Father Joseph Backowski (320-743-2481, Extension 2).


Also, anyone who would like to participate in the role of sponsor, please Fr. Joe as well. 


The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults describes:

• the rite of Baptism of adults.• the reception of baptized adults into full communion in the Catholic Church.

• the period of instruction.

• liturgical rites celebrated throughout the liturgical year.

The initiation of catechumens and candidates is a gradual process which takes place within the community of the faithful.  R.C.I.A. is marked by four periods:

1.  Precatechumenate: Inquiry about the Catholic tradition on the part of the candidates and an opportunity for evangelization on the part of the parish community.

2.  Catechumenate: Continued catechesis (instruction) on the basic foundations of the faith.  Celebration of the Word and reflection provide the focus for catechesis.

3.  Enlightenment: Intense preparation for the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist) to be celebrated at the Easter Vigil.

4.   Mystagogy: Participation with all the faithful in the Eucharistic celebrations of the Easter season.

Religious Education Contact

Phone:  320-743-3346

Email:  stmarcusff@frontiernet.net

St. Marcus Catholic Church
8701 Main Avenue
P.O. Box 237
Clear Lake, MN  55319

Office: 320-743-2481

Father Joe, Ext. 2

(Rectory: 320-743-6220)

Kathy, Secretary/Bookkeeper, Ext. 4

Peggy, Faith Formation, 320-743-3346


Kathy, Secretary/Bookkeeper: stmarcussec@frontiernet.net

Faith Formation: stmarcusff@frontiernet.net 

Office Hours:

Visits By Appointment Only

Winter Hours:
Monday - Thursday:  

8AM to 1PM
Summer Hours:
Monday - Thursday:  

8AM to Noon

Mass Times:
St. Marcus
Saturdays – 5PM
Sundays – 8AM
Mondays – 8AM
Wednesdays – 8AM


(Note: If there is a funeral
on a Monday or a Wednesday,
there will be no morning Mass.)
St. Lawrence:
Sundays – 10AM
Tuesdays – 8AM

St. Marcus - Clear Lake:
Saturday at 4:00pm
St. Lawrence – Duelm
After the Sunday Mass

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