Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): Becoming Catholic

Are you interested in becoming a Catholic? Register yourself to start an RCIA! The RCIA is a preparatory process, in which the Church prepares adults – men and women – who are interested in joining the Catholic Church.

For you to get to know the Catholic faith more deeply and accurately, you are required to undergo a Catechism process, once a week. And after a suitable period of formation, it culminates in the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion), which normally takes place at Easter Vigil in the following year.

The Archdiocese of Sydney does recommend about 6 to 8 months of preparation for all candidates, and usually, it starts in August or September. However, there is no “formal start” in RCIA as the Holy Spirit can encourage and inspire someone to embrace the Catholicism at any time. Besides, the beginning or completing of the RCIA process is strictly up to the individual. On this basis, the RCIA at St Fiacre’s Parish Leichhardt is always open.

Nevertheless, before starting the RCIA process, you must commit yourself: be ready to welcome Jesus Christ as your Savior, and be open to embracing the teachings of the Catholic, Holy, and Apostolic Church. So that this commitment can be adequately maintained, you need to be actively involved in the activities of the parish where you live. Because the RCIA takes place within the context of the parish community, so you need to walk together with other Catholics.

Finally, one of the most important things during this process is PRAYER. The courage to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ and/or to embrace the teachings of the Catholic Church is a crucial decision in your life. Therefore, ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten your heart and mind during the process of this discernment. When you are ready, please do not hesitate to ring us at (02) 9518 0650. Welcome home…

For more information about RCIA, please click here: www.rcia.org.au.

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