Becoming Catholic (RCIA)

Welcome to RCIA!

What is RCIA?

The Rite of the Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the conversion process by which non-baptised adults (catechumens) and baptised Christians (candidates) are fully initiated into the Catholic Church.

Who is RCIA for?

RCIA is for adults who are interested in becoming fully initiated into the Catholic Church. RCIA is for baptised Catholics who have not received the Eucharist (First Communion) and Confirmation. RCIA is also for any baptised Christian who is seeking full communion with the Catholic Church.
RCIA is also for anyone who is not baptised and would like to become Catholic. At the Easter Vigil, non-baptised adults celebrate all three Sacraments of initiation which are Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.

Read some testimonials from our new parishioners about the experience here.

How long is RCIA?

The programme begins in October with an Information Night and ends at Pentecost (6 weeks after Easter). RCIA is a process marked by different stages and rituals. RCIA begins with a period of enquiry.
During enquiry, people who are interested in knowing more about the Catholic Church are invited to ask any questions they have about the Catholic faith. This is followed by a series of weekly faith sharing meetings. The atmosphere is friendly and informal.

Who runs the RCIA?

At Mary Queen of the Family Parish the RCIA team consists of one priest and 8 practising Catholics who share their stories and faith experiences. A book is provided and a topic selected for discussion each week. Participants are asked to read the relevant chapter and take part in the discussion.

What is an RCIA sponsor and do I need one?

An RCIA sponsor is an active Catholic willing to be a companion for someone who is going through the RCIA process. The Sponsor should be someone who will be present as much as they can for the RCIA sessions, Rituals and the Easter Vigil.

If I am already baptised, will I be re-baptised?

The baptisms that almost all denominations provide are considered valid baptisms by the Catholic Church. In almost all cases those already baptised will still receive the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.

Do I need to provide any documentation to join the RCIA?

If you are already baptised we need proof of your baptism. A photocopy of your baptismal certificate will suffice OR details of where you were baptised.

Who do I contact?

You can ring the parish office at Mary Queen of the Family Parish at Blacktown Ph 9622 1125 or 9622 9149. Email