Saint Raphael Parish is a Roman Catholic community of faith serving the boroughs of Morningside, Lawrenceville, and Highland Park in Pittsburgh's East End. If you live within parish boundaries, we invite you to complete our online Parish Registration Form or contact the Parish Office at 412.661.3100 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or with any questions you may have about parish registration.
If you are a registered Saint Raphael Parish parishioner and you would like to update your information on file with Saint Raphael Parish (ie: address, phone, email, new family members, etc.), please contact the Parish Office at 412.661.3100 or email@example.com. Thank you for helping us keep our parish database current!
How Do I Become Catholic?
For adults, the usual way to become a member of the Catholic Church is through The Rite Of Christian Initiation Of Adults (RCIA). The RCIA is a gradual process of education and formation. Whether unbaptized or baptized in another Christian denomination, the RCIA program helps adults to grow in their relationship with God.
Sessions focus both on teachings and practices of the Catholic faith, as well as, the value and application of faith in our daily lives. The process of becoming a Catholic is a four step journey. This journey will take you through the various phases of discerning your call to become a Catholic and the living of that faith. Each person desiring to become a Catholic is accompanied by a sponsor. The sponsor may be chosen by the individual or provided by the parish. The sponsors offer support and guidance throughout the RCIA process and are encouraged to attend the weekly sessions.
RCIA begins with weekly meetings in the fall, and is concluded at Easter Vigil when candidates are Baptized, Confirmed and receive the Eucharist. Candidates who have already been baptized are received into the Church when they make a profession of faith, and receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and Eucharist. Saint Raphael Parish joins with neighboring parishes to provide instruction in the faith to all who are interested.
The first step of your journey is to complete our online RCIA registration form. We look forward to welcoming you into our Catholic community of faith.
Starting September 16, families with children in grades 1-8 are invited join our faith formation (previously CCD) experience called "A Family of Faith." The goals of this program are to encourage and equip parents to live and teach their children the Catholic faith at home. With catechesis for both parents and children, our program provides solid formation for children while giving parents all the knowledge and tools they need to bring their children up in the Faith. Click here for a flyer or click here to sign up!