BECOMING A CATHOLIC

 

RCIA – A JOURNEY IN FAITH

 

What is RCIA?

RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. This is the process by which adults can enter into full communion with the Catholic Church. The RCIA covers all necessary subjects on the Catholic Faith and seeks to lead enquirers to a deeper relationship with Jesus and his Church.


The Rite is for those who are not baptised, or for those who have already been baptised in another Christian denomination, and who are also considering becoming a member of the Catholic Church. For those who are not baptised, completion of the RCIA would lead to the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist), usually at Easter. For those who are already baptised, completion of the RCIA would lead to the completion of the Sacraments of Initiation (Confirmation, Eucharist) at an appropriate time.


The RCIA is not a ‘course’ but rather a journey of faith which will vary according to the individual circumstances of the enquirer. The Sacraments are thus only administered when the person is ready to assume the duties of a member of the Catholic Church. 

 

How do I start? What if I change my mind?

Making an enquiry commits you to nothing. However, if you are interested in becoming a Catholic then you are invited first to make an appointment with Fr Andrew through the parish office. During the RCIA you may at any point decide not to continue.

Do I have to make a commitment to come to every RCIA Meeting?

The expectation is that genuine enquirers will come to all the talks, in order that a truly informed decision can be made.

 

The RCIA Team

 A small team of 'catechists' (teachers) from the parish lead the RCIA. They help answer all questions about the Catholic faith and will journey with you.