Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

‘The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God;
and God never ceases to draw man to himself.’

[Catechism of the Catholic Church 27]

If your heart is leading you to seek a deeper relationship with God, or if you are simply curious about what Catholics believe, then the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, or RCIA, is the place to start.  It is the process by which the Church teaches the tenets of the faith and how to live the life of a Catholic.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is open to anyone who would like to know more about the Catholic faith. We gather on a weekly basis (during school terms) to pray and to explore what it means to be a Catholic. A number of parishioners also volunteer to be involved with RCIA and they share their experiences of Catholic life.

Through the experience of RCIA, many people decide they would like to receive the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. Depending on what sacraments you may have already received, the RCIA process will be modified for you in order to receive the remaining sacraments of initiation into the Catholic Church.

It is important to note that when a person chooses to participate in the RCIA, there is never any obligation to become a Catholic – sometimes people are simply happy to learn more about the Catholic faith.

RCIA is held from September through to Pentecost (7 weeks after Easter) with Candidates receiving Sacraments at the Easter Saturday Vigil Mass.

RCIA Programs begin in August/September each year. 

If you would like to enquire about joining the RCIA program, please contact the Parish Office 6291 6688 / tuggeranongsouth@cg.org.au