The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is for those interested in exploring the Catholic faith and learning more about the Catholic Church as part of a discernment process concerned with the possibility of becoming a Catholic Christian. RCIA begins the first week in October, meeting weekly at STM.
The Sacrament of Baptism is the first of three Sacraments to become full members of the Catholic Church. In Baptism, the baby, child or adult becomes a follower of Jesus and a member of the Catholic Church. The beautiful symbols of the rite: water, candle, oil and a white garment, all symbolize rebirth as a son or daughter of God. An older child or adult typically enters into the Church through a process called Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).
The holy Eucharist is the second of the three Sacraments of Initiation. For those who are adults, it is part of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process, for children it is part of Religious Education.
The Confirmation is the third of the three Sacraments of Initiation. For those who are adults, it is part of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process, for children it is part of Religious Education.
STM, as part of the Archdiocese of Hartford, offers three resources to every couple as part of their marriage preparation process. An Engaged Couples Conference will give you information and resources for building a strong and lasting relationship. FOCCUS: Facilitating Open Couple Communication, Understanding & Study is a computer-scored assessment that will help you see your strengths as well as areas where more conversation is required. Engaged Encounter Weekend is a further resource that many couples choose in addition to the requirements described above.
Also known as Confession, or Penance, the Sacrament of Reconciliation celebrates the Church's mission of healing. Reconciliation centers on spiritual healing; it forgives our sins. The priest, acting in the person of Christ, hears our confession and provides our absolution from our sins in the name of Jesus. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated regularly at Saint Thomas More Chapel by appointment.
STM's religious education program prepares children of Yale students, alumni and faculty as followers of Jesus Christ and members of his Church. Our goal is to help them grow in faith and love of Christ, to know him through prayer and sacraments and to live according to his teachings. Yale students have a wonderful opportunity to pass on the beliefs, values and practices of the Church as catechists. Students can offer children a strong background in the basic tenets of our faith and be a strong support to the primary religious education that the children receive in the home. Classes are team taught. Training and all resources are provided. Classes meet on Sundays during the academic year, with children ages 3-9 participating in a Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Program and children ages 10-14 studying the faith with Yale students through discussion-based classes.