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"Oh God, you are highly to be praised... You have made us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You." - St. Augustine

For more information, please contact John Shakal (jshakal@ourladyofthefalls.org)

More information on the Search for God

Welcome to Search for God, an enriching and personal program for individuals seeking a welcoming community, answers about faith and life, and an introduction to the richness of Catholic Christianity. No preparation or commitment to become Catholic is required, and you are welcome to come with questions or quietly observe if you wish. Come as you are, with an open mind and heart.

Search for God quick info:

- Who: for individuals who are not baptized and seeking baptism, baptized Christian but seeking to become Catholic, or baptized Catholic but not confirmed. 

- When: meets at 7pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month May - August. During the school year it meets 7pm on the 4th Tuesday of the month. 

- Where: The GREC Joseph Room, 22 S Prairie St., Chippewa Falls WI. 

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Becoming Catholic (OCIA)

Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Do you have a friend or loved one who is thinking about joining the Church? Please contact John Shakal (jshakal@ourladyofthefalls.org) with any questions or to join our OCIA process.

The Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (OCIA) is the process for individuals to become members of the Catholic Church. It is a spiritual journey that culminates in the reception of the sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist) at the Easter Vigil. Along the way, participants build their relationship with Jesus Christ and become His disciples by:


•    deepening their understanding of the faith and the Church
•    experiencing the support and fellowship of the parish community
•    encountering Christ in the liturgy, especially  Eucharist and Reconciliation
•    developing their prayer life

Groups who might attend OCIA sessions include:


•    Unbaptized individuals and families considering joining the Church through Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist
•    Adults baptized in another Christian tradition seeking full communion in the Church through Confirmation and Holy Eucharist
•    Baptized Catholics who never received the sacraments of Confirmation or Holy Eucharist


Classes meet Monday's from September through the Easter season, 6:30-8 p.m., and then intermittently through the summer. All are welcome!