RCIA Book Reccomendations


I am leading an R.C.I.A. group and would like to provide a list of books and publications that would be helpful for new &/or returning, non-academic, Catholics. We are using Catholicism for Dummies for our text and it has been well received. I would appreciate suggestions of books that others have found helpful in coming to understand the Catholic faith. Any notes as to why a particular book has been suggested would be helpful as well.

Here is the start of my list:

The Bible (New American Bible suggested because it is the text used at Mass)
The Catechism of the Catholic Church

Confessions of St. Augustine
Imitation of Christ, Thomas a Kempis (c. 1380-1471).
Story of a Soul, The Autobiography of Saint Therese of Lisieux

The Lamb’s Supper, Scott Hahn
Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer, Thomas Dubay, S.M.


This Rock
National Catholic Register
Magnificat (www.magnificat.com)


**Must have books: For both Catechumenate and Candidate processes.

**@ Catechism of the Catholic Church
@ Bible
(You are given these at the Rite of Welcome or Acceptance)

$ Catholic Almanac or a Catholic dictionary or a Catholic Encyclopedia
$ Handbook for Today’s Catholic

We will have these “@ “available at the Tuesday night meetings.
These “$“ you can order from us or purchase from B&N

**Helpful additional books:

**Why Do Catholics Do That? by Kevin Orlin Johnson,

The Catholic Way -Faith for Living Today by Bishop Donald Wuerl,

One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic by Kenneth Whitehead, Ignatius

The Catechism Handbook by Oscar Lukefahr, C.M., Liguori

The Privilege of Being Catholic by Oscar Lukefahr, C.M., Liguori,

“We Believe…” by Oscar Lukefahr, C.M., Liguori

A Catholic Guide to the Bible by Oscar Lukefahr, C.M., Liguori

Catholic Customs and Traditions by Greg Dues, XXIII

A Catechumens Lectionary by Robert Hamma, Paulist

Catholics and The Eucharist by Stephen Clark, Charis

On Being Catholic by Thomas Howard, Ignatius

Scriptural Roots of Catholic Teaching by Chantal Epie, Sophia Institute

Voices of The Saints by Bert Ghezzi, Image

Teachings of the Church Fathers by John Willis, Ignatius

Understanding the Mass by Maynard Kolodziej, Catholic Book Publishing


“Rome Sweet Home” by Scott Hahn

“My Life On The Rock” by Jeff Cavins

I found these on my own, when I was going through RCIA we were not given a list of books or assigned any readings other then the CCC and of course the Bible.


My Life with the Saints by James Martin SJ - It helped me to begin “getting” the Saints by reading about someone else’s experiences.

Someone else already mentioned On Being Catholic and I agree. I’m reading it now, and it is quickly becoming one of my FAVORITE books. The descriptions of Mass and what happens and breaking down the different parts are wonderful, and if for nothing else, I would HIGHLY recommend it just for those chaptes!


I would add the Baltimore Catechism. It makes a very nice compendium that gives a simpler Q&A explanation than the more extensive CCC. The new Compendium of the CCC is a nice book too.
I think that the three of them are a must have!

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