Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

The process of becoming a Catholic takes place in various stages and involves certain ceremonies called “rites”. The groups involved are very interactive and experiential.

The next RCIA programme begins on  Monday 17 July 2017 at 7:30.. Meetings are held in the Kelly Room (in the Parish Centre). The course runs every Monday night (apart from holidays) over the course of a year. If you are interested in joining, or just in hearing more about it, please contact Gill Greenwood on 021-686-8251 or 072-546-6314 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This is a period of no fixed time when those interested in the Catholic church have an opportunity for inquiry and introduction to gospel values, a time of unhurried reflection and discovery, whereby a person begins to search out God's call to enter meaningfully into the life of the Church.

Acceptance into the Catechumenate
The Rite of Acceptance marks the beginning of the catechumenate. The candidates may be either previously unbaptized or baptized in another Christian tradition, all seeking membership in the Catholic Church. (Running concurrently with these candidates is a separate group of those who are Catholics but are not yet fully initiated into the Church, eg not confirmed.)
This is a time for nurturing, growth and conversion to God. During this period they are given the assistance of a sponsor, who is committed to help them in the process of becoming a full member of the Church.

Period of Purification and Enlightenment
The Rite of Election, usually celebrated on the first Sunday of Lent, is the Church's formal affirmation of the candidates willingness and readiness for the sacraments of initiation. Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. These sacraments are celebrated a the Easter Vigil. For all candidates this means full reception into the Catholic Church.
This is also a period of purification for the parish community. We are all called to reform our lives according to the gospel.

Period of Mystagogy
The word mystagogy comes from the Greek and means “entering into the mystery”. It is the period after the Easter Vigil when the newly initiated take time for further instruction and growth in the mysteries of the faith. They are encouraged to continue reading and studying scripture and are introduced to the opportunities for Christian service.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a process that affects the entire life of the Church. Not only the candidates, but all members of the parish are called on to reflect on how they will experience Christ's life through these new members.

Throughout the entire process, the community is called upon to affirm and confirm its own faith. To communicate its support to those making the journey towards full membership and remind oneself that growth is ongoing and lifelong.
If you would like to know more, please contact Gill Greenwood.

RCIA Easter Vigil RCIA Easter Vigil

The prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Parents Prayer

Oh, Heavenly Father, make me a better parent. Teach me to understand my children, to listen patiently to what they have to say, and to answer all their questions kindly.

Keep me from interrupting them or contradicting them. Make me as courteous to them as I would have them be to me. Forbid that I should ever laugh at their mistakes or resort to shame or ridicule when they displease me.

May I never punish them for my own selfish satisfaction or to show my power. Let me not tempt my child to lie or steal.

And guide me hour by hour that I may demonstrate by all I say and do that honesty produces happiness.

Reduce, I pray, the meanness in me. And when I am out of sorts, help me, O Lord, to hold my tongue.

May I ever be mindful that my children are children and I should not expect of them the judgement of adults.

Let me not rob them of the opportunity to wait on themselves and make decisions.

Bless me with the bigness to grant them all their reasonable requests, and the courage to deny them privileges I know will do them harm.

Make me fair and just and kind.

And fit me, O Lord, to be loved and respected and imitated by my children. Amen.