Faith Formation at St. Matthew’s

RCIA - It's a Process!

The process of becoming Catholic is formally known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). It is a gradual process of spiritual formation that includes prayer, sharing, and study and occurs in the context of the parish community. RCIA meets Wednesdays at 7pm in the North Conference Room. View the flier.

Becoming Catholic

You may have a family member or friend who is Catholic. You may be dating, engaged or married to a Catholic. You may be unbaptized or baptized in another Christian tradition. You may have been baptized a Catholic, but never received the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. Throughout the year, many come forward seeking to learn about the Catholic faith.

Children’s Faith Formation/Sacramental Preparation

The Children’s Faith Formation program exists to provide sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation as well as ongoing faith formation for children of St. Matthew’s parishioners ages 6-18 who have received these sacraments. In support of parents who are the first teachers of their children, the program strives to communicate the person and message of Jesus Christ in the context of the beliefs and practices of the Roman Catholic Church.

Consortium of Faith Formation Ministries


The Faith Formation Consortium unites representatives from the many and various ministries of our parish concerned with Christian education and spiritual enrichment. The Consortium’s mission is to promote communication, sharing, evaluation, support, and planning for continual improvement and renewal.  Consortium members are from diverse backgrounds and represent various parish ministries. Some are lifelong Catholics and others are new to the faith; there are men, women, married and single; some have families and children. The ministries represented are the Children’s Sunday Faith Formation, RCIA, Landings, RENEW, Sacred Page, Saturday Bible Study, and the Book Club. As new ministries develop, representatives may be invited to join the Consortium. The mission is carried out through quarterly meetings, and communication, consultation, and actions between meetings.  

Convener: Edward J. Damich

Pastoral Council Liaison: Damien Gaul

Staff Liaison: Theresa Prymuszewski, Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation


Contact Person: or 202-587-5139 for more information.