Many adults are welcomed into the Catholic Church each year through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). The RCIA is also known as the Catechumenate, an early Church term that recognises a Catechumen as a non-baptised person preparing for Baptism and initiation into the Catholic Church.
The Sacraments of Initiation in the Catholic Church are Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Baptism is the first step of initiation and Eucharist and Confirmation complete the process. The RCIA is also the accepted form of preparation for adults already baptised into another Christian church and now seeking full communion with the Catholic Church. They are welcome to participate along with catechumens in the RCIA in the process of learning about the Catholic faith and being formed in that faith.
Parish RCIA 2023
Parish candidates continue to meet regularly with Fr Wrex to prepare to receive Sacraments at Easter time.
~ Parishioners are asked to please pray for candidates during this time as they each prepare to be fully initiated into the Catholic Church.
The RCIA Schedule
Usually, the process of preparation involves meetings over a number of months. The group of enquirers, catechists and sponsors meets regularly to share faith, pray, and participate in various activities of the parish community.
At the beginning of Lent each year, those in the group who wish to enter the Catholic Church enter into an intense period of preparation, culminating in the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil.
The RCIA is best described as a journey of faith which passes through a number of different phases and focuses on conversion of heart and mind to Christ. It is a gradual journey tailored to the needs of the individual! Candidates meet regularly with a group of people from the parish to learn about Catholic belief and practice.
Various rituals are held in the church at important points along the journey. People may or may not choose to embark on the RCIA journey after this period of enquiry.
If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Catholic Christian or would be willing to journey with an enquirer, the first step is to make contact with the Parish Priest.
If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Catholic Christian or would be willing to journey with an enquirer, the first step is to make contact with the Parish Priest via phone 3870 7818 or email email@example.com to register your interest.
Enrol for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
If you wish to enrol for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, please complete the online form (below) via Parish website (when the link opens).
The Parish office will contact you upon receipt of the completed form.