The Rite of Christian Initiation
of Adults (RCIA) is the process, establish for the universal
Church, for individuals to become Catholic and receive the sacraments
of initiation - Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist. This
initiation process also involves a parish community experiencing
a renewal in faith as it prepares and welcomes new members into
the Church. The Rite speaks of conversion as a "spiritual
journey." Centered on fostering a deep relationship with
Jesus and the Church he founded, this journey takes place through
distinct stages over a period of time suitable to bring about
a thorough catechesis, significant experience of the parish community,
and commitment to the liturgical and moral life of the Catholic
faithful. The RCIA process is a restoration of the ancient catechumenate,
arising within the first three centuries following the era of
the apostles. It was the early Church's way of Christianising
the pagan Roman Empire. The Second Vatican Council called for
the restoration and use of this venerable and powerful method
of initiation for the worldwide Church.
"In catechesis it is
Christ, the Incarnate Word and Son of God, who is taught - everything
else is taught with reference to Him - and it is Christ alone
who teaches -anyone else teaches to the extent that he is Christ's
spokesman, enabling Christ to teach with his lips." (John
Paul II, On Catechesis in Our Time, 6)"
"The definitive aim of
catechesis is to put people not only in touch but in communion,
in intimacy, with Jesus Christ: only He can lead us to the love
of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of
the Holy Trinity." (On Catechesis in Our Time, 5)
The goal of the catechumenal
process is to bring catechumens and candidates into communion
with Christ. This goal is accomplished through the three aspects
of the catechumenal process..
Helping participants encounter God here as nowhere else.
Helping participants understand and embrace the Deposit of Faith in
Helping participants move to deep conversion.
Anyone who is enquiring
about the Catholic faith is warmly invited to come along to
our enquiry meetings on Saturday mornings at 10.30 in the Parish
Centre Coffee Lounge, or contact the Parish Office for further
information: (020 8862 2160)