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 the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).
The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.
While much time is understandably dedicated to planning the details of the wedding day itself, attention is even more appropriately given to relationship-building at this unique time of your lives. In that light, 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. In essence, Jesus has heard our confession and wants us to be healed of our sin and guilt; he wants us to be reconciled with those we have hurt and with our God. As with all sacraments, we receive grace to help us sin no more. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated regularly at Saint Thomas More Chapel: Tuesday evenings from 6-7pm or 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 religious education teachers. 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 at 11:15am on Sundays during the academic year.
For RCIA, contact
Sr. Jenn Schaaf
For baptism, marriage and funeral information contact Danielle Wilson, Administrative Assistant to the Chaplain
Registration for Religious Education for Grades k-8 is now closed.
Please note that Saint Thomas More is a Chapel for Catholic students, faculty, staff, alumni and their children at Yale University. We differ from a Parish, that serves those living in a specific geographical area. Chapels are limited by archdiocesan policies regarding sacraments.