Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The RCIA will help you gain a full understanding of the Catholic faith and all its teachings. It supports you, as you seek to respond more deeply to Jesus Christ, and to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church.
Calling all those who want to become a Catholic! You are warmly invited to attend the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), 7 - 8pm each Monday evening in the Pugin Centre.
The RCIA will help you gain a full understanding of the Catholic faith and all its teachings. It supports you, as you seek to respond more deeply to Jesus Christ, and to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church. If, by next Easter, you are ready to receive your Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, First Holy Communion, Confirmation), this will take place at the Easter Vigil Mass.
Existing Catholics who would welcome some refreshment in understanding Catholic beliefs and teaching are also most welcome to sit in).
Please contact me so that I can answer any questions you may have and assist you with registering for the course. You can leave a note of your phone number for me at the presbytery so that I can text or call you. I would also be delighted to assist anyone with any disabilities.
God bless you, and I look forward to hearing from you.
Parish Catechist for Adults
During the sessions we will be praying, meditating on sacred scripture and the Catechism (the teaching of the Catholic church), and working towards becoming full members of the Holy Catholic Church, through the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and First Holy Communion). I aim to make these sessions fruitful and enjoyable for everyone.
The RCIA is about exploring and learning about the Catholic faith in a systematic way – through attending weekly sessions. There will be breaks at various times, including for Christmas - the dates of these will be announced nearer the time. If you aim to be received into the Catholic Church next Easter, you must attend every session. A record of attendance will be kept and any missed sessions may result in you not being able to receive your sacraments. The Parish Priest will ultimately make the decision on whether you are sufficiently prepared.
You don’t need to buy any expensive resources, but please bring a notebook and pen. You will be provided with handouts and other materials which you are welcome to take home and keep or share with friends and family. There is no cost involved. Snacks and drinks will be provided before the session starts (6.30 pm onwards) and this is a great opportunity to meet and chat with others.
Note on children – if you can arrange childcare before the sessions start that would be great! However, I realise this is not always easy. So I would rather you came and brought the children than not come at all. However, they will be expected to sit quietly and you will be responsible for this. I will set up a separate table for children with colouring materials to keep them occupied – no running around is allowed. Also, be aware that the sessions are aimed at adults and at times we will be discussing topics such as abortion/contraception, homosexuality etc.