Opportunities for adults to learn more about their faith
For more information, contact Deacon Bob Smithberger at 468-3600 ext. 109


On Sunday mornings from 9:15 to 10:00 am (between the 8:00 and 10:15 Masses) there is a Scripture Study for adults.  All parishioners, especially parents of children in Christian formation classes, are invited to attend.

Tuesday Evening Adult Formation Class

Sessions begin at 7:00 pm following the evening Mass.  All parishioners are invited to attend and participate in this class.


The R.C.I.A. process is designed for: a) unbaptized adults requesting the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist in the Catholic Church, b) baptized adults in other Christian churches who wish to profess their  faith through the Catholic Church and requests the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist, and c) baptized Catholics who seek to complete the sacraments of initiation.

RCIA description



All adult Catholics should be confirmed in their faith.  In the sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ.

The Church teaches that: “the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. … By the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.”
CCC, # 1285

Adult Confirmation Description

Small Christian Communities.

Small Christian Communities meet on a weekly or biweekly basis to discuss Scripture and reflect on the Word of God in their lives. For more information, contact Kathy Early.


The parish participates in number of charitable and social justice programs. Just Faith is a formation program focused on the social teachings of the Catholic Church. For more information, contact Abby Causey.

Cursillo a  lay movement of the Catholic Church.  The name Cursillo is Spanish, meaning short course, and is associated with a 3 day weekend which is only one aspect of the Cursillo movement.  Small community is stressed as a method of faith formation, holiness and spiritual support.

Contact:             Jerry & Beatrice Johnson      430-8455



Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults Adapted for Children (Ages 7-17)

Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults (for individuals 18 years of age and older)

Holy Spirit Parish warmly welcomes new members and provides appropriate spiritual formation according to each person’s need.  This call to teach others by our words and actions is one that the Lord offers us because of our baptism and our personal commitment to respond to the invitation to serve God by serving each other.  Most of us learn of this call to ministry and commitment from our family who shared their faith with us and began to teach us of God’s love and care from the time we were infants.

The Order of Christian Initiation is the formation process the Church uses to help members of the community come to share in the full sacramental life of the Church.  It is an ongoing process within the life of the parish community designed to welcome new members and, at the same time, to lead every Catholic to deeper belief and renewal of his or her faith.  It is guided by the needs of those who seek membership and is specifically designed for :

  • Unbaptized adults requesting membership in the Catholic Church

  • Persons baptized in other Christian Churches who wish to join the Catholic Church

  • Baptized Catholics who have not completed the Sacraments of Initiation


The Catechumenate

For adults who have not been baptized in the Christian faith and who seek admission into the Catholic Faith.  The Catechumenate is typically a year-long process, culminating in receiving the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil.


Reception into the Faith

For adults who have been baptized in another Christian denomination or as Catholics without any formal Christian formation.  Reception into the faith requires a profession of faith and the reception of the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.  The reception into the faith may take place at any time during the year but is normally received during the Easter season.


Adult Confirmation

For adults who have received the Sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist and who seek to complete the Sacraments of Initiation with the Sacrament of Confirmation.  The Sacrament of Confirmation for adults is normally received on the Feast of Pentecost.

The RCIA catechetical sessions are held on Sunday mornings.

Contact: Deacon Bob Smithberger            468-3600, ext. 109

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1396 Lynnhaven Parkway

Virginia Beach, VA  23456

Office:  (757) 468-3600

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