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The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

During his Angelus address on 7 January 2018, Pope Francis urged Catholics to find out the date of their baptism and celebrate it as the day when the Lord gave them the Holy Spirit to guide them in their lives. Do you know the date of your baptism?

Adult converts to the Catholic faith usually do! They progress through a journey known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), which is the Catholic Church’s official process for the reception of unbaptised adults into the Church through the sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. It also provides a process for baptised adults from other Christian traditions to enter the Church through Confirmation and Eucharist, including opportunity for the sacrament of Penance.

This journey to the sacraments is the most important one in life, for it is through baptism that we are incorporated into the Church, the family of God, who looks on us and says “this is my beloved daughter; this is my beloved son”. St Gregory Nazianzus said that “Baptism is God’s most beautiful and magnificent gift”. Yet despite the extraordinary nature of these sacraments of initiation, the process of preparation is very down to earth!

The Cathedral Parish’s next RCIA process will begin soon, starting with an inquiry night on Wednesday 5 September at 6:00 pm in the Francis Rush Centre (Hanly Room).

The RCIA team and those who are inquiring will then meet on a regular basis over the coming months to learn about the faith, to wrestle with questions of belief, and to prepare themselves through reading the scriptures and prayer for entry into this new life.

If you are not a Catholic and are interested in finding out more, please contact the office and arrange to come along for the evening. If you are a Catholic, but you know someone who is not and who you think might be interested, why not let them know that the process is beginning soon? Maybe you could also consider whether you might be able to act as a sponsor or godparent for one of these aspiring catechumens, providing support for the journey ahead.

Finally, for all of us who are baptised into the triple vocation of Priest, Prophet and King: please take seriously your responsibility to intercessory prayer for other members of the Body of Christ. Please pray for all those who are considering commencing the RCIA process this year; please also pray for the catechists and sponsors, the priests and the bishops who will teach, disciple and confer the sacraments upon these catechumens and candidates in the coming year. Pray that all involved may “run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfector of our faith” (Heb 12:1-2).

Chad Hargrave


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