A Journey of Discovery into the Catholic FaithAre you interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith? God invites each of us into deeper relationship with Him in both ordinary and extraordinary ways. Whatever led you to this moment, our hope is that you will respond to God’s call.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process for bringing into the Catholic Church both those who have never been baptized (Catechumens) and those who were baptized in a non-Catholic Church (Candidates for Full Communion in the Catholic Church). RCIA also includes adult baptized Catholics who have not completed the Sacraments of Initiation – Confirmation and Holy Eucharist.
The Invitation is now! The process of RCIA for adults is offered year round. For youth and children we begin in September and culminates at the Easter Vigil in the Spring. We invite anyone who desires to be part of the Catholic Church or who is inquiring to call the Office of Faith Formation at 813-671-4434.
Do you know someone who has asked questions about the Catholic Faith?
Invite them to find out more about our RCIA process here at St. Stephen. Are you a “cradle Catholic” in need of a
“refresher” course? Or a non-Catholic simply interested in learning more
about the Catholic faith? We have a program called "Catholics Come Home".
The goal of RCIA is the preparation of adults who wish to enter the Roman
Catholic Church through the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation,
and Holy Eucharist. You will learn about
the beliefs, practices, and truths of our Catholic faith with a focus on
spiritual growth. Our
gatherings are held on Sunday morning following the 9:30 a.m. Mass in our upper
rooms of the church.
Are you interested in volunteering to be a sponsor on someone's spiritual journey?
Interested in a ministry that helps others learn about the Catholic
Church? If you would like to sponsor (a companion) for a person coming into the Church, you are
required to be at least 16 years of age and a confirmed practicing Catholic and if married, married in the Catholic Church. Please consider a rewarding ministry and discover how much you will learn as you walk with your candidate on this beautiful journey.
Please allow us to welcome you!Teachers of the CATHOLIC Faith
Fr. Bob Schneider, Pastor
Fr. Parochial Vicar, Fr. Curtis Carro
Deacon Dan Gratkowski, Deacon
Deacon Ed Dodenhoff, Deacon
Deacon Rick Zeitler, Deacon
Dr. Bob Peleaz
If you would like to learn more about the Catholic Faith please contact Rosie Bridges at the Office of Faith Formation, 813-671-4434.