Life is a journey that continually searches for meaning. The human heart hungers for relationships that nurture one’s maturity and ability to love and to be loved. Often as one seeks to fulfil these very human yearnings, the realisation that something is missing from life is made. As one reflects upon this void, it is not unusual to discover that this something is God. This awakening may lead to a turning point in one’s life to commit to a relationship with God and seek out a worshipping community to guide one’s journey in faith.
The RCIA, which stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is a time of preparation through which non-baptised men and women enter the Catholic Faith. (It is also for those baptised Catholic, but never confirmed and those who have been baptised in a different faith tradition who wish to become Catholic.) It includes several stages marked by study, prayer and rites at Mass.
Participants in the RCIA are known as catechumens. They undergo a process of conversion as they study the Gospel, profess faith in Jesus and the Catholic Church, and receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. The RCIA process follows the ancient practice of the Church and was restored by the Second Vatican Council as the normal way adults prepare for Baptism and Confirmation.
To discuss the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults in greater detail please contact any of the priests in the parish or the parish office at 051 421348