RCIA Program

Becoming Catholic through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

The My Catholic Life! Series is perfect for converts to Catholicism and can be used as a 24-week study of the entire Catholic faith. This series is free in electronic form and provides a complete and faithful summary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church in an easy-to-read format. It also presents our faith in a personal and understandable way. Participants may follow along and read the lessons in a variety of ways:

  1. Through this website using the lessons below for free.  Please note that the entire My Catholic Life! Series is available free of charge through the links below.
  2. By purchasing the eBook or paperback if you prefer that format.
  3. Simply share this easy to remember web address with participants: myrcia.org and they will be directed to the lessons below.

All sections of this series may also be copied and printed for use at any Catholic church or institution throughout the world as long as it is not published or sold. Below is a suggested 24 week format covering the entire Catechism of the Catholic Church.  You may also use the Small Group Study format for group discussion.


The My Catholic Life! Series: Volumes 1-3

Free Online Version!

Volume 1 – Catholic Beliefs


Lesson 1 – Coming to Faith 

I Believe… – The Desire for Happiness – Fulfilling that Desire – Coming to Know God – Revelation – God Reveals Himself – God Keeps Speaking – Magisterium – Sacred Scripture – Obedience of Faith

Lesson 2 – God and His Creation

One God – God’s Name – Father  – Almighty – Maker of Heaven and Earth – Creation of Man in the Imago Dei – The Unity of Body and Soul – Male and Female – Original Paradise – The Fall of Man – Of All Things Visible and Invisible

Lesson 3 – The God-Man and His Mother

Professing Faith in a Person – Jesus, Christ, Son & Lord – Through Him All Things Were Made – God Becomes Man – Why He Did It – What He Did – 100/100 – Fully God and Fully Human – God’s Perfect Plan – Mary’s Immaculate Conception  – Mother of God – The Virgin Mother – The Final Outcome

Lesson 4 – God Suffers Death

Jesus Makes Some Enemies – Who is Responsible for His Crucifixion? – The Havoc Caused by Disobedience – Free and Perfect Obedience Untangles Disobedience – A More Philosophical Explanation – The New and Perfect Sacrifice – Jesus is Buried – He Descended into Where?

Lesson 5 – Death Has No Victory!

A Real Historical Event – Resurrection or Brought Back to Life? – A Work of the Trinity – The Veil is Lifted – The Ascension – At the Father’s Right Hand – His Return in Glory…and Grace – A Time of Judgment – Will Cremated Bodies Also Rise?

Lesson 6 – The Holy Spirit

What is the Holy Spirit? – Where Do We Meet the Holy Spirit? – Images of the Holy Spirit – The Holy Spirit’s Activity in Salvation History

Lesson 7 – The Church

Some Initial Distinctions – Symbols of the Church – A Bit of Historical Perspective – The Mystery of the Church – Marks of the Church: One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic – The Hierarchy and the Pope – The Threefold Office to Preach, Shepherd and Sanctify – The Laity – Consecrated Life

Lesson 8 – The Glorious and Final Things!

Communion of Saints: Earth, Heaven and Purgatory – A Sad Note about Hell – The Final Age to Come – Our Blessed Mother: The Queen of All Saints!

Volume 2 – Prayer and Sacraments 


Lesson 9 – The Greatest Act on Earth

The Great Mysterium Fidei – Liturgy 101 – Is the Liturgy Boring? – Who Celebrates the Liturgy? – How the Liturgy is Celebrated – When Do We Celebrate? – Where Do We Celebrate? – Diversity vs. Unity

Lesson 10a – Sacraments: A Personal Encounter

Getting Personal! – Three to Get In: Sacraments of Initiation – Two to Heal: Sacraments of Healing – Two for the Mission: Sacraments of Vocation


Lesson 10b The Sacrament of Baptism

Effects of Baptism – Old Testament Prefigurations – Giving Us This Sacrament – Who Baptizes Whom? – The Celebration of Baptism

Lesson 11 – The Sacrament of Confirmation 

What Scripture Reveals – Effects of Confirmation – Receiving the Sacrament – Signs and Symbols – The Bottom Line is the Upper Limit

Lesson 12 – The Most Holy Eucharist

Essence Challenges our Five Senses – The One Eternal Sacrifice – The Divine Sacrament Made Present – Transforming Communion – The Mass Explained

Lesson 13a – The Sacrament of Penance

The Names of the Sacrament – How I Prepare – Understanding this Glorious Gift – From Interior Repentance to the Grace of the Sacrament – Forgiveness is Not Enough…The Grace of Indulgences

Lesson 13b – The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick 

Scriptural Foundation – The Suffering of Illness – Who Can be Anointed by Whom? – Effects of the Sacrament – How and When it is Offered

Lesson 14 – The Sacrament of Holy Orders 

The Mission of Christ – Entrusting the Mission – The Degrees of Ordination – Fulfilling Christ’s Mission Through Ordination – Some Practical Considerations

Lesson 15 – The Sacrament of Matrimony

God’s Design and Intention for Marriage – The Effect of the Fall – God’s Answer – Christian Marriage in the New Covenant – Matrimonial Consent – A Sacrament or Not – The Domestic Church

Lesson 16a – An Introduction to Prayer

Humility as the Foundation of Prayer – Prayer in the Old Testament – Prayer in the New Testament – Basic Forms of Prayer – The Holy Spirit Teaches Us to Pray – Three Forms of Prayer – Struggles with Prayer

Lesson 16b – The Lord’s Prayer

A Summary of the Whole Gospel – The Foundation of Prayer – The Seven Petitions

Volume 3 – Catholic Morality


Lesson 17 – Who Am I?

I Am an Imago Dei – The Beatitudes – The Effects of Freedom – Making Moral Choices – Good vs. good – Passions, Feelings and Emotions – Conscience – Erroneous Conscience: Am I Guilty? – Growth in Virtue and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit – Sin: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Gravity of Sin

Lesson 18 – The Law, Society, Grace and Salvation

The Moral Law – Who are We? Human Society – The Trinity as the Basis of Society – Common Good – Justification – Grace – Merit – Holiness – From the Speculative to the Practical

Lesson 19 – Loving God

The First Commandment – Our High Calling of Love – The Bottom Line of This Commandment – Graven Images – The Upper Upper Limit! – Practical Applications
The Second Commandment – The Bottom Line: No Swearing Allowed – The Upper Limit: God’s Name is Holy…and so is yours! – Practical Applications
The Third Commandment – The Sabbath Day after the First Creation – Worship in the New Covenant: The Eighth Day of Creation – Rest in the New Covenant: The Eighth Day of Creation – Duties of Society – Practical Considerations

Lesson 20 – Loving Your Family

The Fourth Commandment God’s Plan for Parents – Being a Holy Child – Family Life – The Fourth Commandment and Society – The Role of Civil Authorities – A Summary of the Bottom Line and Upper Limit of the Fourth Commandment – Practical Considerations

Lesson 21 – Murder, Anger, and Human Dignity

The Fifth Commandment – Bottom Line: Do Not Murder – Human Dignity Must Be Respected – When Killing is not Murder – Other “Medical Ethics” Considerations – Other “End of Life” Decisions – The Upper Limit – Practical Considerations

Lesson 22 – Chastity, Purity, Affection and Marital Love

The Sixth Commandment – We are Sexual Beings – The Upper Limit: God’s Plan for Sexuality – The Bottom Line: Abuses of Sexual Love – Practical Considerations

The Ninth Commandment – Purity – Other Considerations – The Bottom Line and the Upper Limit

Lesson 23 – Stealing and Coveting

The Seventh Commandment – Is It Mine or Is It Yours? – The Bottom Line – The Dignity of the Human Person and the Economy – Reaching Out to the Poor – International Considerations
The Tenth Commandment – The Root of the Problem: He Who Has Money Never Has Money Enough – Getting in Order!

Lesson 24 – The Truth Will Set You Free!

The Eighth Commandment The Bottom Line: Offenses Against the Truth – Do I Have a Right to Know? – The Upper Limit: Art, Beauty and the Pursuit of Truth – Practical Considerations Conclusion

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