Initiation of Adults

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

This is the process by which new members are brought into the Catholic Church.   The RCIA journey provides the opportunity for people to discover more about the Catholic Faith and to discern whether they want to become a Catholic by being baptised or in the case of other baptised Christians by being received into the Catholic Church.   It is 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 – no ‘one-size-fits-all’ as it was before the Second Vatican Council in the 1960’s.

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.

The RCIA journey is made up of a number of phases:

  • The Period of Inquiry is a time to share our stories, for inquiry and introduction to Gospel values.   This time is for the unbaptised and will take as long as is necessary and will depend on the faith background of the inquirer.   It can range from a few weeks to a few months.
  • The Period of Catechumenate is an extended period during which the candidate is given pastoral formation and guidance.   A sponsor accompanies the candidate as a fellow traveller and spiritual friend.   The sponsor supports, encourages and helps the catechumen to absorb what ‘being Catholic’ means in the everyday life of the faith community.
  • The Period of Purification and Enlightenment coincides with the time of Lent – a period of 6 weeks and a traditional time in the Catholic Church when the people of God are ‘taking stock’ of their lives and undergoing a change of heart.   This is a period of reflection and intense spiritual preparation of the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
  • The Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation are celebrated during the Easter Vigil, the ‘night of nights’ in the Christian tradition when the journey from darkness to light, from slavery to freedom is celebrated by word and ritual.   This is the culmination, when the elect, proudly accompanied by their sponsors and the RCIA team celebrate the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist for the first time.
  • The Period of Reflecting on the Mysteries is the time, usually during the Easter season, following the celebration of initiation, during which the newly initiated experience being fully a part of the Christian community by participating with all the faithful in the Sunday Eucharistic celebration.

The RCIA is a journey of spiritual and personal formation.   It will involve conversion, growth, challenge, and hopefully, as sense of belonging.

For enquiries contact the Parish Office on 5510 2222.