RCIA Adult Religious Education


The Rite of Christian Initiation

Do you often wonder why Catholics do things the way they do?

Do you have questions about becoming Catholic?

Were you baptized Catholic but never received the Sacraments of Holy Eucharist or Confirmation?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then perhaps RCIA is the right program for you!

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is the process through which interested adults and older children are introduced to the Roman Catholic faith and way of life.

The RCIA process is normally a one year process, although this can vary according to personal situations. It includes 4 periods:

The Inquiry Period introduces the interested person to basic information about the Catholic faith and fundamentally communicates the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Inquirers are invited to initial conversion and although there is no obligation at this time, classes are intended to help them decide whether they would like to continue to learn more about the faith.

The Period of the Catechumenate is an extended time in which Catechumens (those not baptized) and Candidates (those validly baptized) are given pastoral formation and guidance aimed at training them in the Christian life.

The Period of Purification and Enlightenment, which corresponds with Lent, is intended to increase introspection and coming closer to God. The aim of this period is to eliminate what is weak and sinful, and affirm what is holy.

The Period of Mystagogy is a special time during Easter in which the neophyte (newly initiated person) deepens their understanding of the mysteries of faith and are more fully immersed in the life of the Church.

For more information, please contact:
Fr. David Raymond or Deacon Albert Burleigh at the rectory 532-2871
or Lynette Dobbs, OFS (RCIA Coordinator) at 532-6713

Our Cluster 4

St Mary of The Visitation
112 Military Street
Houlton, Maine 04730
St Agnes
76 Sewall Street
Island Falls, Maine 04747
St Paul's Mission
34 Katahdin Street
Patten, Maine 04765
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Mass Times

 Summer Mass Schedule:


May 1st to Oct. 31st


 Winter Mass Schedule:


Nov. 1st to April 30th


St. Mary of the Visitation:

Summer Schedule
Saturday 6:00pm
Sunday 8:00am

Winter Schedule
Sunday 8:00am
Sunday 10:30am


St. Agnes:
Summer Schedule
Sunday  10:30am

Winter Schedule
Saturday 4:00pm


St. Paul's Mission:

Summer Schedule
Saturday 4:00pm
Winter Schedule
No Mass



Daily Mass @ St. Mary's:

 Monday        @ 7:30am

Tuesday       @ 7:30am

Wedneday    @ 7:00am

 Friday @ St. Mary's @ 7:30am

 except First Friday Devotion

 with Mass @ 6:30pm and

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

from 7pm - 8pm


 Daily Mass @ St. Agnes:


Thursday @ St. Agnes @ 5:30pm


If there is a Funeral during the week,

Mass is cancelled and the

Mass intention is rescheduled

to the following week.