RCIA

What is RCIA?
 The letters RCIA are an acronym for the Rite of
Christian Initiation of Adults: the title of the Vati-
can II document that guides the process in which
people are welcomed into the Catholic Christian
community and  introduced to the Catholic way
of life.  
 This process harkens back to the very beginning
of the Church. In the first several centuries AD
new believers entered into a type of apprentice-
ship. It is our hope that, much like those early
apprentices, the RCIA process will cause us to
grow as a community, and be transformed by the
person of Jesus Christ. 
 

RCIA describes a gradual process of conversion that can take anywhere from a few months to several years, depending on the certainty and readiness of each individual.  No one is pressured to make a decision one way or another. 
 
The process includes instruction in what Catholics believe, but more than that it  involves conversion to a new way of life in Christ. 
 
Through the process, people gradually learn what it means to be Catholic not just by  hearing it, but also  experiencing Catholic life and worship from inside the parish community. 

Initial Enquiry Evenings
Contact Fr Mick at the parish centre 9520 8277 or Gayle and Brian Anderson  - Co-Ordinators 
9520 3672 (or 0409 112 915) .

Phase One: INQUIRY  
What is the Catholic faith all about  and am I called to embrace it? 
 

Sessions include the following:
  Prayer - A deepening relationship with God
  The Birth of the Church
  The Bible: The Word of God 
  Structure of the Mass
  Sacraments of the Church
  Season of Advent

   Rite of Acceptance & Welcome 

Phase Two:  CATECHUMENATE 
Studying and living the Catholic faith. 
 
    Mary, Mother of the Church 
    Sacraments of Initiation
                    2nd Rite of Reconciliation 

  Ash Wed. Season of Lent begins

   Rite of Election  
   

Phase Three: PERIOD OF ENLIGHTENMENT
An in-depth time of conversion and preparation.
 
 
Phase Four:  Baptism and/or Reception into full communion of the Catholic Church
 

  At the Easter Vigil Mass: 
  Baptism, and/or Confirmation and Eucharist 
 
 
Phase Five: MYSTAGOGY
The ongoing living out of our Catholic faith through  parish involvement.   The rest of your life :)
 

"When at a particular time a person feels the
need to search for God in their life more deeply, 
 this is God’s action,  God's gift to that individual."

  








Who can attend?
There is no need to have made a  decision to join; you can come just to inquire. 
 
Most inquirers are often people who regularly attend Mass, and/or are involved in the faith development of their children, but often feel ‘outside’ the celebrating faith community. It happens that through their attendances at Mass or through a local parish, school or other contact they have themselves been moved by a need to search for a deeper meaning in their lives, and a need to belong. 
 
RCIA welcomes people who feel drawn to Christ. People from no particular church  background, Christians from Protestant denominations, and men
and women from other religions.  Baptized, Catholic adults who were never confirmed and who want to be received into full communion with the Church may do so through RCIA.
 
The phase offers a wonderful opportunity to join with others who share a similar need to know more and to belong more fully.      
 
When And Where Does It Meet? 
 RCIA runs from late August through the second week after Easter. 
 
Participants gather at the home of one of the RCIA team.  
 
What is RCIA?
 
The letters RCIA are an acronym for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: the title of the Vatican II document that guides the process in which
people are welcomed into the Catholic Christian community and introduced to the Catholic way of life.  
 
This process harkens back to the very beginning of the Church. In the first several centuries AD new believers entered into a type of apprentice-
ship. It is our hope that, much like those early apprentices, the RCIA process will cause us to grow as a community, and be transformed by the
person of Jesus Christ. 
 
RCIA describes a gradual process of conversion that can take anywhere from a few months to several years, depending on the certainty and
readiness of each individual.  No one is pressured to make a decision one way or another. 
 
The process includes instruction in what Catholics believe, but more than that it  involves conversion to a new way of life in Christ. 
 
Through the process, people gradually learn what it means to be Catholic not just by  hearing it, but also experiencing Catholic life and worship from inside the parish community. 
Gayle and Brian Anderson  - Co-Ordinators
9520 3672 (or 0409 112 915)
 
 
Interested?
 
For those of you reading this and who are people wanting to know more about the Catholic faith, it can sometimes seem a difficult step to know who to ask or where to turn.   We would like to encourage you warmly to speak with Fr Mick Court, parish priest of St John Bosco Engadine 9520 8277,  or Brian and Gayle Anderson  9520 3672 (or 0409 112 915) 

Would you be a sponsor ? 
We would like to hear from parishioners interested in being a companion to someone going through the RCIA process.  The role is one of friendship and support : attending the sessions, listening, answering questions, praying, and helping to connect the inquirer with the parish...and above all, simply sharing the journey.  Sponsors find their role to be one that enriches and deepens their own faith as well. 
You don’t have to have all the answers, just a willingness to share your faith. 
 
If you would like to know more about this role, please contact Fr Mick (mcourt55@gmail.com), or one of the team. 
Gayle and Brian Anderson  (Co-Ordinators )
gayle.anderson@sydneycatholic.org
9520 3672 (or 0409 112 915)

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