Rite Of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

RCIA is the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults into the Catholic Faith. The Lima Catholic Churches work in collaboration to offer these classes. They are held every week on Wednesday evenings at 5:00 p.m. at the St. Rose parish office building.

If you are:
  • A non baptized adult
  • Baptized in another Christian Church and are interested in knowing more about the Catholic Church, with or without the intention of becoming a member
  • A baptized Catholic who never received Reconciliation, Eucharist, or Confirmation
  • Interested in knowing more about the Catholic church with or without the intention of becoming a member

This message is for you! RCIA is for you! Please call the parish office at 419-222-5521 if you are interested in the Catholic faith.

Remember, God calls us to conversion.

Prep Handbook

Reception of The Sacraments

The Sacraments of First Penance and First Eucharist will be celebrated upon completion of the requirements. Confirmation will be celebrated upon completion of the requirements and when the Bishop or his representative celebrates the sacrament in the parish.

Please note:

The Diocese of Toledo requires children to have at least 2 years of religious education before the reception of any of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation).


ALL young people attending pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade in Non-Parochial schools should be registered with St. Rose and St. John PREP.

Registration forms are available through the sign up days at each parish or by going to the Forms button on this website. If your child is new to the PREP program and has not been baptized at St. Rose or St. John, please include a copy of the Baptismal Certificate with registration.

Active Membership is determined by 3 things:
  • Being registered in the parish for one year
  • Faithful attendance at Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation
  • The weekly use of the envelope system in support of the parish. Envelopes are to be placed in the collection basket at Sunday Masses or the Saturday Vigil.

Fees for the Parish Religious Education Program are $25.00 per student.

Please make registration checks payable to St. John Parish. Individuals having difficulty paying this fee should contact the CRE to make other arrangements.


Combined St. Rose/St. John PREP for grades K - 8 will be held in St. Rose cafeteria from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.


Attendance is important in order to assure that the student is getting the information that is required. This is especially important if the child is making a sacrament. Additional assignments or makeup work may be needed if we do not feel comfortable with the amount of information that the student has learned. Please feel free to contact Amanda Mick with any questions that you may have.

Cancellation of Class:

In the event that classes would be cancelled because of weather Amanda will text you. Please do not call the Rectory. Parents and guardians should use common sense in regard to transporting their children. Rural road conditions may be very different from those in Lima. If weather conditions are too bad where you are located please call to tell us your child will not be attending class that day. If classes are cancelled due to weather a make-up class may be scheduled.

Responsibilities of Parents:

Religious Education can be effective only to the extent that parents regularly participate at Eucharist, nurture prayer life in the home, are involved in parish activities and strive to live daily by gospel values.

Participation at Sunday Eucharist:

PREP (Parish Religious Education Program) can be understood only in the broader context of the Church as a whole. Children who participate in PREP must also be present when the Church gathers for Eucharist on Sunday.

Participation at Sunday Eucharist:

PREP (Parish Religious Education Program) can be understood only in the broader context of the Church as a whole. Children who participate in PREP must also be present when the Church gathers for Eucharist on Sunday.

Rite of Penance:

Children are encouraged to go to Confession with their parents and guardians as frequently as possible. Parish / Family Penance Services will be scheduled several times during the year for the students. Parents and Guardians will be informed of these dates in the bulletin and notices will be sent home with the children.

Responsibilities of Students

In addition to attending classes regularly, students are expected to participate fully, complete all assignments and conduct themselves in a Christian manner and exhibit that same Christian manner towards fellow students and catechists.


If a child is disrupting the classroom, the catechist will meet with the child after class to discuss his/her behavior. If the CRE deems it necessary, the parents will be asked to come in for a conference, and at that time the coordinator may suggest other alternatives for religious education.

Special Circumstances

Special Education:

Parents of students with any type of learning or physical disability should note this on the student's registration form.

Learning Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to work with the parents and student so that the child may participate in the classroom. Other provisions will be made for those students who are not able to handle the classroom experience, either by home-schooling or by the parents acting as aides in the classroom.

Custody Issues:

Please include on the registration form any custody issues that involve your child. If at anytime during the year, custody arrangements change, please notify the CRE. This information will help us ensure your child's safety.

Prep Staff

Praying The Rosary

  1. Make the Sign of the Cross and say "Apostles Creed."
  2. Say the "Our Father."
  3. Say three "Hail Marys."
  4. Say the "Glory be to the Father."
  5. Announce the First Mystery; then say the "Our Father."
  6. Say ten "Hail Marys," while meditating on the Mystery.
  7. Say the "Glory be to the Father." After each decade say the following prayer requested by the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima: "O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy."
  8. Announce the Second Mystery: then say the "Our Father." Repeat 6 & 7 and continue with the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Mysteries in the same manner.
  9. Say the "Hail, Holy Queen" on the medal after the five decades are completed.

Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Apostles' Creed

I Believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

Our Father

Our Father, Who art in heaven; Hallowed be Thy Name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Glory be to the Father

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Hail, Holy Queen

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope, to thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears; turn, then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us, and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O holy Mother of God that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


The Joyful Mysteries are said on Monday and Saturday, the Sorrowful Mysteries on Tuesday and Friday; the Glorious Mysteries on Wednesday and Sunday; and the Luminous Mysteries on Thursday. Joyful Mysteries are optional on Sundays during Advent and Christmas Season. Sorrowful Mysteries are optional on Sundays during Lent.

Joyful Mysteries

  1. The Annunciation
  2. The Visitation
  3. The Birth of Jesus
  4. The Presentation
  5. Finding the Child Jesus in the Temple

Sorrowful Mysteries

  1. The Agony in the Garden
  2. The Scourging at the Pillar
  3. The Crowning with Thorns
  4. Carrying of the Cross
  5. The Crucifixion

Glorious Mysteries

  1. The Resurrection
  2. The Ascension
  3. Descent of the Holy Spirit
  4. The Assumption
  5. The Coronation

Luminous Mysteries

  1. Baptism of Jesus
  2. Wedding at Cana
  3. Proclaiming the Kingdom
  4. Transfiguration
  5. Institution of the Eucharist