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Discovering Christ

Are you Catholic, but have fallen away and are now looking to return to the faith? Considering joining the Discovering Christ course

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Are you 18 years of age or older?, Un-baptized?, Baptized in another faith?,  Catholic but have not received your initiation sacraments  of Holy Eucharist or Confirmation?


The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which you prepare to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church.

RCIA provides the opportunity to grow in the faith supported by the community of Saint Raphael Catholic Church. You begin with a period of Inquiry followed by weekly Mass attendance, study of the faith, practices and doctrines of the Catholic Church which leads to your initiation through either baptism or your profession of faith and reception of the sacraments.

If you are an adult Catholic who desires Confirmation please click here.

Dear RCIA Inquirer,

I am honored to welcome you to our church community of St Mary. This may be a time of inquiring and questioning of the Catholic faith. The RCIA is not a “sign-up” for becoming a Catholic. It is a time for you to seek out the truths and understand the teachings and practices as you journey in the faith through the Catholic Church.
If you have made this decision or even if you are not sure and just want to see what Catholicism is all about your time of inquiry will be respected as each person’s faith journey and path of grace is different. Our team will lead the RCIA sessions through teaching, direction, question answering, discussion, and prayer.

You can view:frequently asked questions An explanation of the Four Stages of the RCIA

A Glossary of Terms

and then I would like the opportunity to get to know you, go over the Registration Form and understand your needs as you pursue this path. 

Finally, I pray that the Holy Spirit may guide you and prepare your heart and mind as you continue to seek the way, the truth, and the life which is found in Jesus Christ and His church. Throughout the year, please do not hesitate to ask myself or one of our priests or volunteers for help, a listening ear, prayers, or answers regarding any aspect of the Catholic faith, a personal struggle or question, or simply for support.

If you would like more information about the RCIA or are ready to take the next step please contact me.

Gary Chaffee, RCIA instructor
316-283-8073
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