Adult Faith Formation and Spirituality

Adult Faith Formation seeks to help adults live their Catholic faith in an integrated way.  This is done through discussions, prayer, reading, reflection, and journeying with others who seek the same goal.


 
Becoming a Catholic (RCIA)
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
 
Thinking of joining the Roman Catholic Church?  The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) stages are a model of faith development.  Faith will be the foundation of your life.  Make that foundation solid!  

Everything else builds on these fundamentals!  The RCIA model has 4 stages.  A sneak peek is below.  Read through and if you are interested in getting Baptized or need to complete your initiation by receiving your first Holy Communion or maybe you need to be Confirmed, call the Rectory at 203-637-3661 for more information!

This is the RCIA program at a glance:

 

RCIA stage 1: Just Looking

In the inquiry stage, you’re just finding out about Jesus, Christianity, and the Catholic Church.

Your main task here is to explore and develop your faith enough so you can make an informed initial decision about entering the Catholic Church. The final decision won’t come for a long time when you actually enter the Church at Easter and receive the sacraments of initiation.

 

RCIA stage 2: Learning about the Faith

In the catechumenate, your faith has begun to develop. Now you need to learn and grow more.

You focus on catechesis in this stage: learning about the faith, how to live as a Christian, and developing your interior life.

Your job now is to come into closer contact with the Living God and learn more about the Catholic Faith.

 

RCIA stage 3: Getting ready for rebirth!

This period of purification and enlightenment is the final stage before receiving the Easter sacraments of initiation into the Church: baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist. (Those already baptized with a valid baptism in another Christian church aren’t baptized again.)

This stage of intense reflection calls you to deeper conversion in preparation for your renewal at Easter. This is what the season of Lent is for, but it has a special intensity for you this year as you’re entering the Church and receiving the sacraments of initiation.

 

RCIA stage 4: Reflecting on the mysteries of the Mass

This stage of mystagogy during Easter is for continued reflection on the sacraments you have received at Easter, especially the Eucharist.

Specific catechesis on the Mass, the Sacraments, and especially the Eucharist are the focus of this stage.

The Mass and the Eucharist are the “source and summit” of the Christian life in the Catholic Church, and this period is designed to help you understand, appreciate, and live more deeply this center of Catholicism.


Bible Study

Our most recent
Bible Study Program

The Sermon on the Mount

In Spring 2022, we held an inspiring, 4-session Bible Study of The Sermon on the Mount!  We used the Little Rock Bible Study Series and ordered the book for all who wished to participate. See https://littlerockscripture.org/Products/4400/The-Sermon-on-the-Mount for details about the study.  Study was conducted via Zoom on Mondays at 1:00 PM. 

Jesus' call to profound discipleship in the Sermon on the Mount is too often dismissed as special instructions for only the holiest and most exceptional Christians.  In The Sermon on the Mount, Clifford Yeary challenged us to hear the sermon once again as Christ intended it, as our call to follow him whose life illustrated its every ideal.  Yeary helps us to hear the Sermon on the Mount as a message for each of us, a challenge that is our constant call to renewal.  Commentary, study and reflection questions, prayer and access to online lectures were included in 4 lessons.      


Walking With Purpose

WWP Jan 2022 Program