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.


Book Discussion

Can thoughtful reading adjust our thinking, inform our faith and assist us in talking from topics from different perspectives while really listening to an opposing view?
Using guided questions, we will discuss insights discovered in each book and explore how we are inspired and/or challenged.
Come to all sessions or just one or two.
Each participant purchases their own book.

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Most Recent Book Club Meeting:

Women shaping

In “The Time Is Now,” Sister Joan Chittister, a rabble-rousing force of nature for social justice and fervent proponent of personal faith and spiritual fulfillment, draws on the wisdom of prophets, both ancient and modern, to help us confront the societal forces that oppress and silence the sacred voices among us.  Pairing scriptural insights with narratives of the truth-tellers that came before us, Sister Joan offers a compelling vision for readers to combat complacency and to propel ourselves toward creating a world of justice, freedom, peace, and empowerment.  For the weary, the cranky, and the fearful, this energizing message invites us to participate in a vision for a world greater than the one we find ourselves in today.  This is spirituality in action; this is practical and powerful activism for our times.   

All were welcome to purchase this book and join us in evening discussions (see weekly bulletin for specific dates and times). 

Book Group 1       Book Group 2


Walking With Purpose

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