WELCOME TO THE FAMILY
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is an apprenticeship in living the Christian life as a member of the Catholic Church. Under the guidance and direction of Deacon Dan, this process provides a formation in discipleship for adults who are not baptized and are hearing about Christ for the first time as well as an introduction to the Roman Catholic Church for adults baptized in another Christian denomination. This is also an opportunity for those adults who have been baptized as Catholics to complete their initiation and receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and First Holy Communion.
This past spring, eleven new parishioners received the Sacraments of Initiation on the Feast of the Holy Trinity. Several people have already expressed interest in learning more about becoming Catholic over the coming months and our formation process will begin in October. Let us continue to pray that many will be led to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and find a home in His Church through the ministry of our St. Thomas More University Parish.
"I have always had some concern with a couple Catholic Church beliefs/policies. I was afraid that by taking the class I would be saying that I would become Catholic no matter whether or not I agreed with those beliefs...I needed a lot of answers to my concerns, there was never any pressure to continue. As I progressed through the RCIA process, all of my concerns were addressed. On June 6, 2020 I was initiated into the Catholic Church and [for] the first time I feel like I belong to a Church."
"I attended Catholic Church for 48 years and we guided our three children through twelve years of parochial school while nurturing their faith. I just never completed or formalized the process to become a Catholic myself. Fathers [Jason and Charlie] and Deacon [Dan] welcomed me, and quickly I felt part of the St. Tom’s family and a bond formed. My faith was deepened and with my husband as my sponsor it also brought us closer. I am so glad I did, and the challenges of the pandemic just made me that more determined to follow the journey."