I Used to be a Catholic
Are you contemplating a return to Catholic faith and practice? Do you wonder if there's a place for you in today's Catholic Church?
The answer is yes! In baptism, you became a member of the Church. No matter your reasons for being away, God's love is, always has been and always will be here for you.
There are many reasons that people separate from the Church. These reasons should not be discounted. We encourage you to look further into those reasons in the hope of identifying a way back. This process may require small steps or maybe you're ready to dive right back in! Our hope is to provide you with a place from which a return to your Catholic faith can take place, reconciliation and healing can be found if needed, and your friendship with Jesus can continue to grow.
If you would like to discuss a return to the Catholic faith, email Deacon Terry Larbes or call him at 270-534-9000.
Interested in Being a Catholic
If you are curious about the Catholic faith or ever thought about becoming a Catholic, our formation program for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is just for you. Adults from all faith traditions or from no religious background at all are welcome to participate in the RCIA formation program. Sessions are ongoing.
For the unbaptized, the RCIA has four stages:
- The first is a period of Inquiry. During this stage candidates for baptism are invited to ask questions about the Church, share their own faith experiences, and decide whether they would like to continue or not.
- The second stage is the Catechumenate, during which the candidate is introduced to liturgy, faith-life, and Tradition.
- The third stage is the Enlightenment and Purification. This takes place during the Lenten season with intense prayer and study on the part of the individual as well as the parish community. It climaxes at the Easter Vigil with the sacraments of initiation--Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist.
- The fourth and final stage is the Post-Baptismal Catechesis (Mystagogia). This stage continues from Easter to Pentecost and focuses on the mysteries of Christ’s death and resurrection, and helps the newly baptized to develop a deeper understanding of their faith.
Please contact Pat Cairney, Director of RCIA at [email protected] or 270-534-9000 for more information about RCIA.
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Parish Registration Form
Welcome to Saint Thomas More!
Below is the form to complete to register your family with the parish. The form is a "family" form in that only one form is needed for each household and it includes information for each member of your household. Once you complete the form, simply select the submit button and the parish secretary will receive it. Once we receive your form, you will be contacted by our welcome committee.