Weekly Scripture Study
Join us THURSDAY MORNINGS at 10:00 as we read, discuss, and better understand the Scriptures for the upcoming weekend Mass and how they relate to our everyday lives facilitated by Pat Pavlucik. We meet in the Saint Ann Parish Center. Please bring your Bible and if you prefer a notebook and pen for any notes you would like to take. If you have any questions for would like more information please call or text Amanda at 203-868-2377.
Growing In Faith Together (G.I.F.T.)
Growing in Faith together (G.I.F.T.) is our whole parish approach to faith formation. This is an event-centered, age appropriate, inter-generational learning process that recognizes that we can learn best when we learn together; parents learning with their young children and other adults learning together in an environment conducive to adult faith-based discussion.
G.I.F.T. Program Information 2022-2023
G.I.F.T. Registration Form
St. Raphael Parish, Milford – Faith Formation for People of All Ages – Information Sheet
What Is G.I.F.T.
G.I.F.T. – Growing in Faith Together – is open to all members of Saint Raphael Parish as well as
non-parishioners — from age 5 through adult. It is our Saint Raphael Parish faith formation
program. It is the way our parish educates children and teens about the basics of our Catholic
faith. It is also designed for adults – to answer their questions about the Catholic faith, explain
religious traditions, and help them grow in relationship with God. Singles and couples without
children and teens are welcome and encouraged to join us!
Through GIFT, we build community by involving people of all ages in the life of the Church.
Materials are provided for parents/guardians to continue learning at home with their families—
Our GIFT theme for 2022/2023 is Catholic Social Teaching. The GIFT sessions will focus on
one of the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.
G.I.F.T. In-Person Class Schedule – 2022/2023
* October 23 or 25– Life and Dignity of the Human Person
* November 13 or 15 – Human Rights and Responsibilities
* December 11 or 13– Call to Family and Community
* January 22 or 24 – Child/Teen Lures Safety Program (families with children and teens)
* February 26 or 28 – Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
* March 26 or 28 – Solidarity with All God’s People/Peace
* April 23 or 25 – Care of God’s Creation
We offer age-appropriate sessions for families with children through Grade 4, young people in
Grades 5/6, teens in Grade 7 or older, and adults on these dates. Adult participation is essential
to our monthly faith formation program so at least one parent/guardian per family is required to
attend with children and teens. Adults who attend with children through Grade 4 usually
participate in our family sessions. Adults who attend with young people in Grade 5 or older or
who attend without young people participate in our adult sessions.
Note: There will be other lifelong faith formation events in addition to our Catholic Social
Teaching topics, e.g., Advent/Christmas Celebration (December) and Pentecost Celebration
(June) as well as opportunities to pray together as a family.
2022/2023 Sacramental Information to come
Please contact Maria email@example.com or 203-988-8598 (cell) for information re: First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation.
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)
Are you or someone you know interested in learning more about the Catholic faith? Do you have questions about Catholic beliefs and traditions? If so please consider joining our RCIA program. Fill out St Raphael RCIA Registration Form and return it to the church office.
We are setting up a program for adults (age 18 or older) who have received their First Communion in the Catholic Church but have not yet received the sacrament of Confirmation. Please contact Maria Tomasetti (203-988-8598 or firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information or to register.
Catholic Biblical School
The program is intended for adults who are willing to make a commitment to complete all course requirements for at least two years. No particular educational background is required. It is recommended especially for religious education teachers, deacons, lectors, leaders of Bible study groups, and those wishing to meet the Lord in a deeper way through Scripture. Call 860-242-5573 or contact email@example.com or visit their website www.catholicedaohct.org