you interested in becoming a Catholic, or finding out more about Catholicism?
Corpus Christi Church warmly welcomes invites you to our RCIA programme.
the not-too-distant past, adults who wanted to become Roman Catholics
attended a few months of 'convert instruction' and were quietly baptised
in a private ceremony by the Parish Priest. It was a totally private
process that involved only a priest and the inquirer.
One of the great gifts of the Second Vatican
Council in the 1960s was a renewed process of forming and initiating
adults called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).
The RCIA restores to the modern world the process
used by the ancient Church in initiating members. Early Christians realised
that initiation is a process that proceeds through certain stages and
involves the entire faith community. Here, at Corpus Christi, inquirers
meet weekly for eight to nine months with a team of people from our
parish. It is a journey of faith for all, team and inquirers, when we
accompany one another as we learn about the Catholic faith and share
our own experience of living out the message of Christ in our daily
RCIA is open to anyone, Christian or non-Christian,
who genuinely seeks to explore the possibility of joining the Catholic
Christian faith community. Practising and non-practicing Catholics (R.C.
= Resting Catholics!) are also welcome to come along.
Naturally, RCIA includes a substantial amount
of instruction in the teachings of the Church. But first and foremost,
RCIA is a process of conversion; it is about changing one's heart
and transforming the spirit. Along the way, inquirers participate in
a number of ceremonies in which the Catholic community gradually affirms
them for full membership. These ceremonies include the Rite of Acceptance/Welcoming,
the Rite of Election and the three Scrutinies. Inititation reaches its
climax at the Easter Vigil with entry into full membership of the Catholic
Church through the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
We continue this journey together with the new Catholics until Pentecost.
If you are interested in inquiring into the
Catholic Church, please contact Jean Davies, the coordinator of the
programme, tel: 629572.