****    The R.C.I.A. Programme will begin with two Registration Evenings on Wednesday 18th September 2019 at Wednesday 25th September 2019 from 7.30 p.m. until 8.30 p.m.    ****

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Index Sacraments R.C.I.A. Programme

R.C.I.A. Programme


The R.C.I.A (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a set of rites, or ceremonies, designed to introduce and prepare non baptised adults into becoming full members of the Catholic Church through the Sacraments of Initiation, namely, Baptism, (or Reception if already Baptised), Confirmation and Holy Eucharist (The Body and Blood of Christ).

It is also for baptised Christians of other churches who take a similar, but unique path through the rites where they will be Received into Full Communion with the Catholic Church.

Baptised Adult Catholics seeking the Sacrament of Confirmation, and possibly the Holy Eucharist if not already received, can also join this programme. It can also be a good experience for full members of the Catholic Church who may not have practised their faith for a number of years, or for those who wish to more fully understand and deepen their faith.

The R.C.I.A. Programme runs from September to July, with some breaks in between (please see link below for full programme). Classes consist of 1 to 1.5 hour sessions which take place on Wednesday evenings and start at 7.30 p. m. sharp.

There are special services and events that take place during the programme. One of these services is the 'Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion' which takes place at St. George's Cathedral, Southwark.

At this unique service those seeking acceptance into the Catholic Church through the R.C.I.A. Programme, come together from all over the Archdiocese to make a public declaration of their desire to join into Full Communion with the Catholic Church generally at the next Easter Vigil Mass.

There will also be some local events at Our Lady of Sorrows. One of these is the 'Sending Forth to the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion' Here the Catechumens and Candidates are called by name and presented to the parish, who give their affirmation for them to go forward to the Cathedral the following week.

Catechumens and Candidates will also participate in the 'Scrutinities' which will take place at Our Lady of Sorrows on the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays of Lent. The 'Scrutinies' will help to strengthen and prepare spiritually those seeking the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation).

There is no set requirement to join the course. Everyone is welcome. If you like you can bring someone with you for moral support. Each person is unique and will move through the programme at their own pace. An open mind to discuss and communicate is all that you need.

At the begining of the programme, each person will have a meeting with the Parish Priest to discuss their own personal journey and to put a plan into place for any issues that may arise with them coming into Full Communion with the Catholic Church.

For further information or any questions, please contact the Parish Priest, Assistant Priest, the Parish Deacon or the Parish Office whose details can be found on the contacts page.


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A parish of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark.
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