The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which non-Catholic adults are welcomed into the church and it is provided in many parishes including St Gregory’s. The purpose of the process is to help individuals to learn and understand the truths of the Catholic Faith, and to deepen his or her relationship with God. People interested maybe those of another faith, or of no faith at all, but who feel they want to know more about Catholicism.
The entire process takes several months and follows a structured programme towards the final stage when those entering the Church will be baptised (if they have not been previously) and will receive the Sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Confirmation. This happens on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday, each year. However, each person’s conversion journey is unique, and an individual will progress at their own pace guided by the Holy Spirit and with the support of Father Alex and the parish team. Becoming a Catholic is a serious step so it is important that anyone considering taking it should take as much time as he or she needs.
During this time it is important that Sunday Mass (or the Saturday Vigil Mass) is attended to help in the journey of learning and of prayer, and also to meet the parish community.