Becoming Catholic - RCIA

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

RCIA is a program for those who wish to learn about the Catholic Faith with a view of becoming Catholic. It also offers an overview of what Catholics believe, as well as a preparation for Catholic adults who wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Sessions will begin on October 6.  Please call the Parish Office at 202-785-0982  if you are interested. If you are a Catholic already and would like to update your faith, you are also most welcome to attend.

Prayer Groups

Parish Monday night prayer group meets in the gallery at 4:30pm.

The Sant'Egidio community hosts Vespers on Thursday evenings at 6pm in the church.  Sant'Egidio also performs apostolic service at the local Rock Creek Nursing Home.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Devotion: On Tuesday after the 5:30pm Mass and on Wednesday after the 12:10pm Mass.

First Friday Devotion:  Mass at 12:10pm followed by Devotion to the Sacred Heart, Divine Mercy Chaplet, and the Rosary, First Saturday Devotion: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 11am followed by the Rosary, Fatima Prayers, and Benediction.  Mass at 12:10pm.

Rosary: Recited after the daily 12:10pm Mass.

Faith Formation & Evangelization

Please watch the weekly bulletin for upcoming events!

The goal at St Stephen Martyr is to create opportunities for busy adult Catholics to recognize
 and further develop their on-going relationship with Jesus Christ. “Adult Faith Formation by which people
 consciously grow in the life of Christ through experience, prayer, reflection and study, must be the central task of the catechetical enterprise.” (USCCB on AFF)

If you’ve read a Catholic periodical or Church document in the last few years, you have more than likely read about Evangelization. Whether the article was on the challenge of adolescent catechesis, reaching  out to those who are alienated from the Church, or engaging adults more significantly in faith  formation, the topic always seems to come down to a conversation on evangelization.

Evangelization is the primary mission of the Church. Indeed the Church “exists in order to evangelize.” (Pope Paul, VI, On Evangelization in the Modern World # 10) The work of evangelization requires a  mature faith assisted by the ongoing work of adult faith formation. Evangelization is not limited to its  former meaning of making Christians out of non-Christians. Rather, there is a new understanding of evangelization that is needed in order to enliven the faith of the already baptized and to invite them into a  personal dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ in and through the Christian community.

Vocations Promotions

Though the sacrament of Baptism, all are called by God to participate in the mission of the Church and to image in their own person God’s love for all people. This call to holiness and service is lived out as a single, married, consecrated, or ordained person. – Adapted from National religious Vocation Conference

St Stephen’s has a rich history  of continually promoting vocations through prayer and works. We support the annual Run for Vocations as a parish team. We host two Holy hours dedicated to vocations and we offer a Lenten Vocation’s Prayer Tree, with all the names of our seminarians on it..  We have been blessed with many vocations from our small urban parish.

Let us continue to pray and support all our ADW seminarians and the men from our parish currently in seminary: Conrad Murphy and Andrew Buonopane.

Prayer for Vocations

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the gift of the priesthood and consecrated life. We beseech your Holy Spirit to inspire men and women in the Archdiocese of Washington to answer the call to the priesthood and consercated life. Give them the courgage to embrace their vocation, the faith and zeal to follow you with joy; and the perserverence to remain loyal friends of your Son. Please protect and streghten all priests, deacons, and consercrated brothers and sisters, especially those in the Archdiocese of Washington. Help all Christians to become better disciples of Jesus, and when our earthly pilgrimage is complete, bring us the joy of your Kingdom. We ask this though Christ Our Lord, Amen.

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