Becoming a Catholic radiates Joy…
You become a Catholic by receiving the Sacraments. In our Catholic Faith, the Sacraments have a tremendous importance. We believe that Jesus Christ instituted the seven Sacraments as the means by which He would share His life with us.
There are three “Sacraments of Initiation” by which one becomes a fully initiated Catholic: Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist (Holy Communion). As most people know, an infant becomes a Catholic by being baptized. Likewise, an adult also enters the Church by receiving the Sacraments.
If an adult wishing to become Catholic has never been baptized, he or she receives the Sacrament of Baptism. But unlike an infant, the adult also receives the Sacrament of Confirmation and receives Holy Communion at the same time.
If an adult has been validly baptized in another Christian denomination, that person is not re-baptized. Such a person would make a Profession of Faith (affirming acceptance of the fullness of the Catholic Faith) and then receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Communion. Preparation
One prepares to receive the Sacraments though a period of prayer, study, discussion, and fellowship. We pray in order to discern God’s will – to become stronger in our faith in God, and to grow in confidence that He is calling us to be united to Him in the Catholic Church. We also pray in order to know what changes Jesus is calling us to make in our lives to serve the Him more faithfully, and to ask for the courage and strength we need to do that. We study the teachings of the Catholic Faith in an atmosphere of discussion and prayer so that we will understand the Faith we profess.
We should become a Catholic only when we can confidently say that we believe what the Catholic Church teaches about God, ourselves, and how Christ calls us to live as His disciples.
One must know what the Church teaches and why. Each person will come with particular questions – and sometimes misunderstandings – that need to be addressed.
The whole process of entering the Catholic Church as an adult is called the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA for short). Please visit the RCIA and FAQ about Becoming Catholic pages for more information on the process of preparing to becoming Catholic.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults includes prayer, study, discussion, spiritual preparation and the actual reception of the Sacraments by which one enters the Church.
The RCIA process always includes interaction with others – official representatives of the Church (at the liturgical ceremonies), those who are responsible for teaching, a sponsor, and others who are in the process of becoming Catholic.
Each year we provide the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). This is for those adults living in our parish who wish to become full members of the Catholic Church. This includes both those seeking baptism for the first time and those who were baptised in another Christian Community and who now seek to enter into the full communion of the Catholic Church. RCIA usually begins each autumn and involves regular meetings with the Cathedral clergy and a team of catechists. It culminates with the adults being baptised or received into full communion by the Bishop at the Easter Vigil.
If you are interested in finding out more about RCIA, please contact the Parish Office and it will make arrangements for you to meet with one of the RCIA team.
Forms / Useful Information
The Catechism of the Catholic Church Online – Index
The Catechism of the Catholic Church – RCIA
Word on Fire topic – RCIA
Frequently Asked Questions
Those children already baptised in other Christian communities will be prepared to make a profession of faith into the Catholic Church and will receive the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation in the rite of Reception into Full Communion with the Catholic Church.
answer here. need content
Answer here. Need content.