The simple answer is,
- one of the priests,
- or the parish office,
- or just come along to the Coffee Shop in the Parish Centre on almost any Saturday Morning after 10.30am and ask to speak to one of the catechists.
You will be welcomed and you will find yourself among others at various stages and levels of commitment and enquiry. Every person's faith journey is unique and as a parish we would hope to offer you whatever support you may need in exploring the Catholic Faith.
Becoming a Catholic is one of the most profound and joyous experiences
of life. Some are blessed enough to receive this great gift while
they are still infants, and over the course of time they grow
into a recognition of the enormous grace that has been bestowed
upon them, of the dignity and wonder of their identity as Catholics.
Others come into the Catholic fold while they are older children
or adults. In these cases it is necessary for people to have
a grasp of the joyful process by which one becomes a Catholic.
A person is brought into full communion with the
Catholic Church through reception of the three sacraments of
Christian initiation - baptism, confirmation, and the holy Eucharist
- but the process by which one becomes a Catholic can take different
A person who is baptized in the Catholic Church becomes a Catholic
at that moment. One's initiation is deepened by confirmation
and the Eucharist, but one becomes a Catholic at baptism. This
is true both for children who are baptized Catholic (and receive
the other two sacraments later) and for adults who are baptized,
confirmed, and receive the Eucharist at the same time.
Those who have been validly baptized outside the Catholic Church
become Catholics by making a profession of the Catholic faith
and being formally received into the Church. This is normally
followed immediately by confirmation and the Eucharist.
Before a person is ready to be received into the Catholic Church,
whether by baptism or by profession of faith, preparation is
necessary. The amount and the form of this preparation depends
on the individual's circumstance. The most basic division in
the kind of preparation needed is between those who are unbaptized
and those who have already become Christian through baptism in
The process by which adults come into the Church has come to
be known as "the RCIA", which is short for "The
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults". Please see the