Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.)

Life is a journey that continually searches for meaning. The human heart hungers for relationships that nurture one’s maturity and ability to love and to be loved.

Often as one seeks to fulfil these very human yearnings, the realisation that something is missing from life is made. As one reflects upon this void, it is not unusual to discover that this something is God.

This awakening may lead to a turning point in one’s life to commit to a relationship with God and seek out a worshiping community to guide one’s journey in faith. In Beaumont, you will find a warm welcome, and a community of faith willing to journey with you as you seek to fulfil the longings of your heart;

‘Our hearts are made for you, O God, and will not rest until they rest in you .’ St. Augustine.

What is the RCIA?

The RCIA, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is a preparation through which non-baptised adults enter the Catholic Faith. (It is also for those baptised in a different faith tradition who wish to become Catholic, or baptised Catholic, but never confirmed.) It includes several stages marked by study, prayer and rites at the community celebration of the Eucharist – Mass.

Participants in the RCIA are known as catechumens. They undergo a process of conversion as they study the Gospel, profess faith in Jesus and the Catholic Church, and receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. The RCIA process follows the ancient practice of the Church and was restored by the Second Vatican Council as the normal way adults prepare for baptism.

For further details on becoming a Catholic contact the Parish Office. We would love to hear from you and you will be most welcome.

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