Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
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.
The RCIA offers a way to grow in knowledge of Christ and the Catholic faith in company with others on a similar journey. A small group of parishioners (the RCIA Team) are entrusted as catechists, mentors and sponsors for those who have approached us. Through their constant support and willingness to share their faith, they are living witnesses of the Good News. Lyn Kane currently coordinates our RCIA team.
Usually the process of preparation involves meetings over a number of months. We begin around August or September, and the group of inquirers and mentors/sponsors meet 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 at the Easter Vigil.
We encourage any person interested in participating in the RCIA, as a candidate or as a mentor or sponsor, to contact the Parish Office on 9816291.