Returning Catholics

There are many reasons why Catholics may no longer be participating actively in their faith. There are equally many reasons for Catholics to consider “coming home.” Here at Holy Family we support and encourage you in your desire to explore what it might mean in your life to be more active in practicing your Catholic faith. To help you, we've compiled a list of questions we are most frequently asked by those who are thinking about returning to the Church. To access it, please click on the link.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.)

The Holy Family R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) program has as its main focus the preparation of adults and teens who have not been received into the Catholic Church. The classes prepare the students to receive the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil and to enter fully into the life of grace in the Catholic Church.

Classes are held on Monday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Ailbe House's Sharon Carriere Library, generally running from September through May each year. The content of the series follows the outline of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, covering the Creed, the Sacraments, the Moral Life, and Prayer. The structure of the class varies from week to week, but includes presentations by the RCIA teachers, videos, small group discussions, and time for group prayer.

The RCIA students also have the opportunity to attend a weekend retreat shortly before the Easter Vigil in preparation for their upcoming reception of the sacraments. welcome to attend the RCIA class. The material covered is the fundamentals of our faith, and can be a great refresher for anyone interested in learning more. Drop-in students for specific topics are also always welcome.

Catholic Scripture Studies

Scripture Studies

St. Jerome said that “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” Join the Holy Family Catholic Scripture Study to come closer to Jesus Christ through the study of the inspired Word of God in Holy Scripture. Sessions are held each week on both Sunday and Wednesday.

For more information or to register, please contact Susan Purcell at (206) 935-5991.

Catholic Evidence Guild

The purpose of the Catholic Evidence Guild at Holy Family Parish is to equip Catholics to defend their faith in discussions with non-Catholics and non-Christians. To this end we have a lecture / meeting each month from October to June. Topics have or will include purgatory, the papacy, Mary, the Holy Eucharist, the Resurrection, the Inquisition, and various world religions. Meeting times and locations may vary so please check this website or call the parish office at (206) 767-6220 for information regarding our next lecture and meeting.

For a current schedule of the lectures and presentations please click here.