Christian Initiation for Adults and Children
The church recognises the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults as a process of preparation where a person enters an inquiry and learning phase. At The Parishes of Our Lady of the Way we welcome inquiries and provide assistance through weekly sessions at a pace and convenience to meet the need of each individual.
This rite of Christian initiation is also intended for children, not baptised as infants. This applies to children who have attained the minimum age of reason, usually around the age of seven or eight.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) applies equally to those baptised in another Christian tradition wishing to become a Catholic, as well as to those not yet baptised.
At the Parishes of Our Lady of the Way we have experienced people who can assist you with this process in a way that meets your needs. As each person's circumstances and knowledge background is different, the preparation is tailored to suit your needs. One hour weekly sessions are usually required, to provide the individual with a familiarity and understanding of the Roman Catholic faith and tradition.
What is RCIA
The aim of the RCIA is to assist people from all backgrounds better understand the beliefs, practices and Sacraments of the Roman Catholic faith.
The RCIA sessions are a mix of prayer, faith sharing, scripture reading with discussion, instruction and dialogue.
This journey of faith equips each individual with sufficient knowledge and preparation in order to commit to full communion with the Catholic Church.
What if I decide not to continue?
There is no obligation to complete the RCIA sessions, you may withdraw at any time.
What is my next step?