From June 2022, as part of the new RCIA process, all participants and enquirers will need to complete the Alpha course at Our Lady of Fatima Parish.
We believe the Alpha Course will enrich the RCIA journey for all participants because it:
- Helps us to understand the basics of the Christian faith
- Brings us to a personal encounter with Jesus
- Gives us the opportunity to meet others to share our faith and our life experiences, which is an important part of the RCIA process
The next Alpha Course starts on Thursday 9 February 2023 and begins with a meal at 6:30pm followed by a video and a small group discussion. For more information please click here.
We are also having an Alpha Open Day on the third weekend of January 2023 at Our Lady of Fatima. This is a great opportunity to find out more about Alpha and how it has impacted on those who have previously attended the course. Please join us!!
If you are ready to start your RCIA Process by joining the next Alpha starting on Thursday 9 February 2023 please complete the Alpha Registration form Click to Register for Alpha
Please note that the registration cost for the RCIA Process this year is $150 per person to cover materials, bibles, candles, and ongoing costs.
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS (RCIA)
How do I Become a Catholic?
God calls to everyone. The response to that call will have different expressions for different people because of our individual natures. There are a number of doors to seeking membership of the Catholic community. They might include:
- Religious: a search for the holy
- Christian: a desire to form a relationship with Jesus Christ
- Ecclesial: a yearn to be part of a particular community
- Moral: a turn towards a particular values base
- Intellectual: a thought process towards truth
Therefore, an individual may find themselves seeking to explore membership through one or more of these doors.
Becoming a Catholic, while a weighty decision, is easy in practice. Although it does take time, it’s easy to take your first step. The church is waiting to welcome you and help you along your journey. The first stage to becoming Catholic is getting to know a local community. You may have Catholic friends whom you join when they attend Mass and parish gatherings, or you might want to contact people locally. The Auckland Catholic Diocese website has a list of parishes and their contacts. When you are ready to move into discernment you will need to contact them and become part of the RCIA process.
What is RCIA?
RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. It is the process by which adults are welcomed into membership of the Roman Catholic Church.
- A journey of faith. There are a number of different phases, with no specific timeframes.
- A time of discovering about being a son or daughter of God who is loving and gracious.
- An opportunity to reflect on a personal relationship with God and how God calls everyone.
- A period of getting to know Jesus Christ (more) deeply.
Stages to Becoming Catholic
The process of becoming Catholic is called RCIA. During this pilgrimage seekers will travel through the following four stages of initiation. The following is for those who are not Baptised. The process is adapted for children and those already Baptised Christians
This is the first stage of the journey. During this period you will be invited to a series of meetings at which you can ask any question you may have, get acquainted with some basic beliefs of the Catholic Church and begin to experience its life of faith. This time of journeying concludes with the Rite of Acceptance.
At the end of this period and if you decide to go on with the next stage, there will be a celebration to welcome you
This is the longest part of the journey, it may last a couple of years. It is a period of formation in faith, learning to pray, read the Bible, worship and serve together with the rest of the community and most of all reflect on your experience of growth in faith. This period is closed off six weeks before Easter with another celebration, the Rite of Election. This occurs with the Bishop at the Cathedral on the First Sunday of Lent.
At a celebration concluding this period you will be named as the ‘elect’ or ‘the chosen ones.’ It is usually presided over by the Bishop of the Diocese and you could expect to be introduced to him.
Period of Purification
Lent is a period of six weeks immediately before Easter. During this period the Church prepares spiritually for the great feast of Easter. If you are continuing on your journey into the Catholic Church you too will experience a more intense period of preparation culminating in the celebrations of Easter, it is like an extended Retreat time.
During the Easter Vigil the most important liturgy of the year, those to be Baptised are welcomed into the Church through the Sacraments of Initiation; Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist.
Post Baptismal Period or Mystagogia
This period is a little like the honeymoon of a newly married couple. This is a time for reflecting on your new faith, but now with the benefit of inside experience. It is also a time for firming up this new faith and taking you place in the Church as a full member.
At Our Lady of Fatima our RCIA programme starts in August and runs on a Tuesday evening from 7.30 – 9pm during the school term(s).
Julie Hemi (Baptism)
Susan Crowhen (Baptism)
Magda Sit (RCIA)
Loc Tukerangi (RCIA)
Vivian Chow (RCIA)
Jo Gae'e (RCIA)
Dadai Norman (RCIA)
Michael Desouza (RCIA)
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS (RCIA)
Thinking of joining the Roman Catholic Church? If you are considering becoming a Catholic, this is a good place to start.
How did you find your way here to this page, on this website? Life doesn’t usually follow direct, clear paths, but sometimes it does offer invitations – to stay or leave, to deepen or pull back, to change or stay the course. In Christianity, we refer to those invitations as “grace”, because we are convinced that these moments aren’t random, but privileged circumstances that God has made possible.
Finding yourself here, right now may be one of those graced times – a time when God is inviting you to closer relationship, to learn more about the Christian story of God in Jesus of Nazareth, or to consider an invitation to the Catholic church and the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
God calls everyone, God is calling you.
The Rite of Initiation is not about participating in a program or course of study. Instead, the Church recognizes that the initiation process is a period of formation and a time for prayer, catechesis, and ritual that prepares an individual to discern how best to grow in relationship with God.
RCIA IS PRIMARILY DESIGNED FOR:
- Adults who are not baptised and are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith
- Adults baptised in another Christian church and might be interested in becoming a Catholic
- Adults baptised in the Catholic tradition but have yet to receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist