The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults opens the door for adults to become a part of something special, as well as developing a deeper spirituality and understanding of themselves. RCIA is the process by which adults enter the Catholic Church or by which baptised Catholics complete the Sacraments of Initiation.
We begin with an Information evening and then over a period of a number of months the RCIA team will gradually reveal teachings and insights about Catholic Tradition, doctrine, and other crucial matters of faith, to adults who wish to be fully received into the Catholic Church, usually at the Easter Vigil, the following year. As this is a life changing commitment it is essential that the journey be taken slowly, allowing each individual to be fully informed about the Catholic Tradition and way of life. Experiencing the Church’s liturgical year provides an opportunity to encounter the richness of your commitment to God, before making the important decision to become a full member of the Catholic Church.
RCIA is a teaching and learning process, and during the year we will be presenting all of the major teachings of the Church. However, RCIA is far from a classroom learning experience. It is more a process of conversion rather than instruction. It is a small ‘faith sharing’ community that journeys together toward Easter – the time when non-Catholics usually enter the church through baptism, other baptised Christians profess their faith; and those baptised as Catholics complete the Sacraments of Initiation. During the year, we will be praying together, socialising together and learning together, and most importantly, we will be experiencing God through each other and in the various Rites or community celebrations that signify important steps in the process.
To make contact with someone and learn more about the RCIA programme, please contact the Parish Secretary on 9852 0580.
RCIA dates for 2016
RITE OF ELECTION – 14th February, Sunday – 2pm | St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta
RETREAT DAY – 20th February, Saturday – 10am – 3pm | Institute for Mission Hall, Blacktown
PENITENTIAL SERVICE – 11th March, Friday – 7:30pm | St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta
MASS FOR NEOPHYTES – 13th May, Friday – 7:30pm | St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta
RCIA DIOCESAN CONFERENCE – 24th September – tbc
For more information please contact the Office for Worship firstname.lastname@example.org | 9831 4911