Adult Faith Formation
The process by which adults come into the Church has come to be known as “RCIA”, which is short for “The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.”
It is a gradual process of initiation in the Catholic Faith through prayer, study, discussion, and ritual. This process is for the following:
- The unbaptized. The primary focus of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is on those who are not already Christian and have not been catechized.
- Those who have been baptized either as Roman Catholics or as members of another Christian community but did not receive further catechetical formation or instruction. These typically have also not celebrated confirmation nor Eucharist.
Those seeking full Catholic Communion. These are baptized, practicing Christians from other denominations who seek entry into the Catholic Church.
The Catholic Church welcomes people of all faiths and backgrounds into the RCIA process, and welcomes your interest in our Church. The initiation process has been a blessing for the Church. Those in the Catholic Faith community speak of the renewal of their own faith as they witness those engaged in the initiation process prepare to become fully initiated members of the Catholic Church.
This process is mostly a journey of the heart that leads to lives being transformed into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and in living lives of service, faith and love.
For many people, this process can be somewhat confusing or intimidating. After all, this is a major decision in one’s life.
Perhaps you are asking where to begin the journey. The answer is that you have already begun!
Click here for a brochure that outlines the different steps in this process. Also, please feel free to contact Fr. John, Fr. George or the RCIA Coordinator Mabel Ring at 407-699-5683 x 251, who would be happy to answer your questions, or help you move ahead in your discernment process.
Check out the recommended links on our website for your personal study on the Catholic Faith including a Catholic Faith Bible study App available through social media tools.
Bible Study/Faith Enrichment Study
Takes place twice a year: in the Spring and Fall. See our calendar of events for these studies.
Compass Catholic Ministries
Compass Catholic Ministries is dedicated to helping you discover smarter ways to manage your money.
Set Your House in Order is a five-week small group Bible study to help you create, update and organize all your important information. This program is offered at St. Stephen twice a year. Contact Beth Ann at 407-353-5269 for further information or check their website. Check our calendar of events or the bulletin for upcoming classes.
Catholics Coming Home to the Church
The Church is a vibrant, active community of believers which continues to have a positive influence on the lives of many people. However, there are people who for one reason or another have stopped actively participating in the Church and attending Mass.
We live in a busy culture and society, and there are many demands placed on us. Yet, people are searching for a deeper sense of meaning, for a closer relationship with God, and for a more authentic spiritual identity.
Since the Church is a family, we miss those Catholics who may have left the Church or who have stopped participating in its vibrant liturgy and sacramental life.
Perhaps you or someone you know are in this situation and do not know how to come back or how to become active again.
The first thing you need to know is that you are always welcome back. The Church misses you and hopes that you will choose to come home as an active member.
Please feel free to explore any questions you may have about the Catholic Church or how you can return to active participation in the Church by visiting: www.catholicscomehome.org
There are also 2 inspiring videos on our website from our Pastor, Fr.John Bluett.
“We are one Body, one body in Christ and we do not stand alone”……… “Come and See”.