Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

John the Baptist proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me…  I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”  (Mk. 1-7f)

The RCIA program at St. Raphael Parish is facilitated by the Pastor as well as by Lay Leaders.   Please contact our Liturgical Director Kerri Stanley at 603-623-2604 or admin@st-raphael-parish.org if you are interested in participating!

“[RCIA] outlines the steps for the formation of catechumens, bringing their conversion to the faith to a greater maturity. It helps them respond more deeply to God’s gracious initiative in their lives and prepares them for union with the Church community. This process is meant to form them into the fullness of the Christian life and to become disciples of Jesus, their teacher. This includes an initiation into the mystery of salvation, the practice of faith, hope, and love, and other virtues in a succession of liturgical rites.

Persons baptized into another Christian church and now seeking full communion with the Catholic Church are also welcomed to participate along with catechumens in the RCIA in the process of learning about the Catholic faith and being formed in that faith. They bring to the process of preparation their prior experience of Christian life and prayer. For a baptized Christian, reception into full communion with the Catholic Church involves reception of the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation and then a Profession of Faith followed by the celebration of Confirmation and the Eucharist.” (USCCB)