The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process, established for the universal Church, for individuals to become Catholic and receive the sacraments of initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist.
This initiation process also involves a parish community experiencing a renewal in faith as it prepares and welcomes new members into the Church. The Rite speaks of conversion as a “spiritual journey.” Centered on fostering a deep relationship with Jesus and the Church he founded, this journey takes place through distinct stages over a period of time suitable to bring about a thorough catechesis, significant experience of the parish community, and commitment to the liturgical and moral life of the Catholic faithful. The RCIA process is a restoration of the ancient catechumenate, arising within the first three centuries following the era of the apostles. The Second Vatican Council called for the restoration and use of this venerable and powerful method of initiation for the worldwide Church.
If you are interested in becoming Catholic, please join our parish RCIA group that meets in the Rectory each Saturday evening at 7:30 PM. Further details can be obtained from the parish weekly newsletter. Also, feel free to contact:
SR. KATHLEEN COLEMAN
TEL: 0208-574-3300 (parish office)
Preparation Pack for Priests & Catechists 2017 – RCIA pack -2017 .
RCIA Network of England & Wales, Supporting the Journey of Faith: http://www.rcia.org.uk/
Diocese of Westminster, RCIA Resources: http://rcdow.org.uk/faith/catechesis/rcia/ .