Rite of Chrisitian Initiation (RCIA)



A person's faith journey always begins with God's initiation. God's presence can feel like a knocking door, a curiosity, a sense of wonder, a longing for healing, inner peace. Mysteriously, faith gradually changes from belief in something to belief in Someone with a desire to know that person even more.

The Church offers the opportunity to become acquainted with the Scriptures, its traditions and the Christian life, for those who have questions about the Catholic faith. This is the beginning of the process called RCIA.

A Journey of Discovery into the Catholic Faith  

Are 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.  Those who are not baptized will celebrate their Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil.  Those who are baptized are brought into Full Communion of the Catholic Church during the year.   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.  Or a non-Catholic simply interested in learning more about the Catholic faith?  The goal of the RCIA process 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 at the Family Life Center.   We also have offer Tuesday evening Inquiry gatherings each week. 

RCIA of Adults for Youth:  If you are a youth in Middle and High School and have not celebrated your Sacraments of Initiation our RCIA of Adult for Youth classes are held on Monday and Wednesday evening 7:00 - 8:00  pm at the Family Life Center.   Please contact the Office of Faith Formation to register.   

Sponsors:  Are you interested in volunteering to be a sponsor, a companion to someone on their spiritual journey?

If you would like to sponsor (be 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!




Catholics Come Home:  Have you been away from the Catholic Church for some time and would like to return home?  Please allow us to welcome you home.  Are you a “cradle Catholic” in need of a “refresher” course?   We offer a program called Catholics Come Home.  Regardless of why you left or got out of the habit of going to Mass, you can always come home and return to the practice of the sacraments and the fullness of relationship with Jesus Christ and the Church he founded. We are Catholic. Welcome home.

For more information please contact Rosie Bridges at 831-671-4434