Wednesday, December 13, 2017

All Are Welcome!

The Church of the Holy Family
St. Columba Catholic Church

Mass Schedule

Masses at Holy Family

Saturday Afternoon at 5:00
Sunday Morning at 9:30

Masses at St. Columba

Sunday Morning at 8:00
Sunday Morning at 11:00

At Holy Family, Hebron
Tues. & Thurs. 7:00pm
At St. Columba's, Columbia
Wed. & Fri. 9:00am

Saturday at Holy Family
4:00 - 4:30pm or by appt.


Are you or someone you know interested  in joining the Catholic Church?

Have you been away, and want to come back to the church and not sure how?

Do you have a non-Catholic family member or friend who would like to know more about the Catholic faith?

Were you baptized but did not receive First Communion or Confirmation?

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is the Catholic Church’s way of welcoming new members.  It can also be the path to prepare for First Eucharist and/or Confirmation for baptized Catholics.  RCIA is much more than a program. It is a learning and loving process in which conversion of the heart brings one to Jesus Christ.

Our classes meet from 10:45-12:00pm each Sunday, October 2nd to the Easter Vigil, April 15th

The classes meet in the Family Room (off the entry) in the church.

If you would like to learn more about the process, please contact the parish House:
860-228-0096  x3, or email parishdreThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


More on the RCIA

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops describes the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults as a process in which participants "undergo…conversion as they study the Gospel, profess faith in Jesus and the Catholic Church, and receive the sacraments…The RCIA process follows the ancient practice of the Church and was restored by the Second Vatican Council as the normal way adults prepare for baptism."

Likewise, the language used to describe the RCIA process is that of the early Church formation programs. Catechumens are those people who are seeking full initiation into the Catholic Church through all of the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. Candidates are people who have been baptized in a Christian tradition but are seeking initiation into the Catholic Church through Eucharist and Confirmation.

All are Welcome!

RCIA is a process of study, exploration, faith-sharing, and faith formation with specific liturgical rites for seekers and inquirers. Seekers and inquirers are non-baptized adults who desire to be fully initiated into the Roman Catholic Church and/or baptized adult Christians (including Catholics) who desire full communion in the Roman Catholic Church.  During this process, participants are introduced to the liturgy, the teachings, and the life of the Catholic Church.

RCIA is a Journey

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a process that takes place many months.   The sessions currently run from the beginning of October through to the Easter Vigil.  We also meet at Ieast once after Easter.  In the language of the early church, the RCIA has several steps:


This is the earliest phase in the process; also known as the Period of Inquiry. Adults and older children, acknowledge that Christ is calling them into the Church through the movement of the Holy Spirit. This is a time for seeking and reflection.

Rite of Initiation

The first Rite in the RCIA process, the Rite of Initiation accepts new members into the worshipping community.


The Catechumenate is a time of learning and deepening our relationship with Jesus Christ.  . This is a time for sharing stories, reading scripture, probing into our questions and studying the Church customs, traditions and doctrine.   

Rite of Election

Catechumens and Candidates are received by the bishop and the community and begin final preparation to receive the Sacraments of Initiation at Easter.

Sacraments of Initiation

At the Easter Vigil (Holy Saturday), all newly elected members of the community who have been journeying through the RCIA process are formally welcomed into the Catholic Church.  They are in full communion with the community through receiving the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.


This is a time of reflection and celebration after the formal reception into the Catholic Church.  Mystagogia means “leading into the mystery” and it is a time to explore the deep mystery of our faith and go forth to help build the reign of God on Earth as new members of the faithful.



People journeying through the RCIA process need sponsors and community support to help them grow in faith. The RCIA team of sponsors help guide, support and instruct those discerning whether to become members of our Catholic community. Team members share their faith with inquiring adults who are seeking more information about the Catholic Church, many of whom seek to celebrate one or more of the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.

Current members of the RCIA Team:

Dottie Moon, Coordinator

Peter Moon

Jim Payant

Kris Payant

Barbara Tartaglia

Kelly Verret


For more information on the RCIA Team, contact Dottie Moon at 860-228-5258 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Church of the Holy Family
185 Church Street Amston, CT 06231
(860) 228-0096

Saint Columba Catholic Church 
328 Route 66, Columbia, CT 06237
(860) 228-3727

Christmas Mass Schedule
Christmas Mass Schedule
Sunday December 24, 2017
Regular Sunday Mass Schedule
8:00 AM - St. Columba (Columbia) 
9:30 AM - Church of the Holy Family (Hebron) 
11:00 AM - St. Columba (Columbia)
Christmas Eve
4:00 PM - Church of the Holy Family (Hebron)
4:00 PM - Church of the Holy Family (Hall) (Hebron)
4:00 PM - St. Columba (Columbia)
6:00 PM - Church of the Holy Family (Hebron)
Monday December 25, 2017
Christmas Day
8:30 AM - St. Columba (Columbia) 
10:00 AM - Church of the Holy Family (Hebron)