If you want to become a Roman Catholic, you will participate in a process called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (sometimes called RCIA or simply Christian initiation). In RCIA, you will learn about the teachings of Jesus as the Catholic Church has handed them on and put these teachings into practice by living as part of the Catholic community, serving others and praying.
What does initiation into the Catholic Church entail?
If you have not been baptised, the Christian initiation process prepares you to become a Catholic Christian by celebrating what we call the Sacraments of Christian initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist or Holy Communion. If you have been baptised in another Christian tradition, the initiation process prepares you to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church by celebrating the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist or Holy Communion.
I’m a baptised Catholic. Is RCIA for me?
If you have been baptised as an infant, but have not received further formal instruction in the Catholic Faith nor the Sacraments of Confirmation or the Eucharist, RCIA is indeed for you. If you are a fully initiated Catholic who wishes to deepen your faith, speak with Fr. David about the possibility of participating.
How long does it take to become a Catholic?
Becoming Catholic is a life-long commitment. However, the Christian initiation process typically lasts for several months or longer in order to prepare to take this step. Participants in the initiation process generally meet regularly. The initiation of individuals who are ready to make the commitment to become new members of the Catholic Church will normally take place at Easter during the Easter Vigil.
What if I change my mind?
You do not make any commitment or obligation by inquiring about Catholicism or beginning the Christian initiation process. We want you to take the time you need as you think about becoming Catholic and we respect your decision to stop or to say, “not right now” at any time. While we love being Catholic and hope that others will want to become Catholic also, we do not exert pressure on anyone to do so. Our hope would be that at the very least, you would come to a greater appreciation of Catholic beliefs and practices.