The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process through which interested adults and older children are gradually introduced to the Roman Catholic faith and way of life.
RCIA sessions are held weekly and over the course of several months those who attend are introduced to what the Catholic Church believes and are given the opportunity to ask questions about those beliefs.
Those who enter the process are expected to begin attending Mass each Sunday, attend the weekly RCIA session on Monday evening, and to gradually become more involved in the activities of the parish.
Just because you start RCIA, doesn’t mean you are committed to finish it. If you are merely curious about what Catholicism is, please feel free to come.
RCIA is not only for non-Catholics. Catholics can enrich their own faith while, at the same time, sharing it with someone inquiring into the faith. You can do this by being a Sponsor (someone who provides support, prayer, and encouragement for the individual Inquirer).
Another way to share is by being a catechist. Catechists provide support for Inquirers and Sponsors in several ways. They can help by being involved in prayer, scripture, hospitality, logistics, and many other areas.
This journey of faith is not so much an education process, although education is certainly a component, as it is a conversion of the whole person; more formation than information. It will help the seeker to find their place in the life and ministry of the church, becoming part of the community of believers who walk with the participant.
At Our Lady & St Vincent Church, RCIA meetings are held on a Monday from 7:30pm – 9pm in the Reconciliation Room.
If you would like to join the programme or require any further details, please contact the Programme Co-ordinator, Francesca Khaliq 01707 654359 or Email