Our Lady on the River


Religious Education evening classes for 1st through 7th grades are on Mondays or Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:45 pm (1 hour and 15 minutes). Beginning in 8th grade, students will participate in a 2 year preparation program, called Chosen, to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. These sessions meet on selected Sunday afternoons during the school year. Please call, 1-810-765-8300, for more detailed information or schedule an appointment.

If you would like to volunteer as a Catechist or as a substitute, I would be happy to talk to you and discuss the possibilities. Other ministry opportunities are as a table discussion leader for the Confirmation program or get involved with the adult RCIA process. Whether it is an hour or two a month or a more robust 1 hour and 15 minutes a week (or anything in between), there is a place for you. Training is free and you will have plenty of support! All adult volunteers need to take the Protecting God's Children workshop and agree to a criminal background check.


You can also e-mail me at dre@ourladyontheriver.net if you have any questions.

Joe Kuligowski, Director of Faith Formation


Registration Forms, Releases and Schedule

Here are the registration form and schedule for this year's Religious Education Sessions

2017-2018 Registration Form


Here is the medical release form for Religious Education Sessions

2017-18 Medical Treatment Release Form


Here is the school year schedule for Religious Education Sessions

2016-2017 Schedule


What is the R.C.I.A.?

It is the rite of Christian Initiation for adults, which names the process by which interested persons gradually become members of the Catholic Church.

R.C.I.A. is not a program or a series of classes in Catholicism. It is primarily a journey of faith.

The R.C.I.A., as a rite, marks stages along the path to full communion in the Catholic Church. The RCIA, as a process describes in broad terms what this gradual commitment means.

The R.C.I.A., as formation, looks both to the inner transformation of the individual to God's call as given to each person.

The R.C.I.A. contains five main stages or phases.

  • The Period of Inquiry (Also known as the time of evangelization or pre-catechumenate) - a time to become acquainted with the Catholic Church

  • Catechumenate - embodies the first stages of commitment leading to full membership

  • Period of Purification and Enlightenment/Scrutinies - corresponds to the time known in the Catholic Church as Lent, the six weeks of preparation for Easter

  • Celebrating the Sacraments of Initiation - celebrated at the Easter Vigil - the reception of the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist

  • Mystagogical Catechesis - lasts from Easter Sunday until Pentecost Sunday,

and completes the initiation process.

The sessions are informal and are facilitated by persons who are eager to share their faith. Each meeting provides an opportunity for prayer, questions, discussion, and input on a range of topics involving the teachings of the Catholic Church, Sacred Scripture, and the practice of Catholic life.

There is no cost. There is no obligation on participants to become members of the Catholic Church. Anyone seeking information about the Catholic faith or deepening their understanding is welcome to attend. Please call Mr. Joe Kuligowski at, 1-810-765-8300, or e-mail, dre@ourladyontheriver.net for more information.


The R.C.I.A. is particularly for:

  • The non-baptized

  • Persons baptized in another Christian Church who desire full communion with the Catholic Church

  • Adult Catholics who have not received First Eucharist and/or Confirmation

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610 South Water Street ~ Marine City, Michigan 48039
Phone: (810)765-3568 ~ Fax: (810)765-2974