baptism of adult at font
pouring the water for adult Baptism
Blessing of Holy water
Blessing of newly baptised

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A)

Every Second Saturday
4pm Parish House

The R.C.I.A is a process through which people are initiated into the Catholic Church, that is, people from other faiths or no faith. It is also for baptised Catholics who wish to complete their full initiation in the Catholic tradition. This means that they have previously been baptised and maybe received First Eucharist but not Confirmation, or neither of the latter two sacraments. This process involves four aspects:

  1. People learn about the Catholic traditions

  2. People come to have a more prayerful life

  3. People participate more in service; and most importantly,

  4. People develop a deeper relationship with Jesus.

The process can take a year, culminating at the Easter Vigil or people can receive initiation when they are ready. The R.C.I.A is not a class or set of classes but a process. We explore the Gospel at the meetings, as well as prayer and discussions of Catholic tradition. The Gospel speaks to every one of us in a unique way and there are no right or wrong answers. It is a personal exploration. 

One of the most important aspects of the R.C.I.A process is the support of other members of the Parish. It’s important that fully initiated Catholics accompany the uninitiated, providing support, friendship and relationship in a wider community context. The supporters are often sponsor’s to the uninitiated. 

Supporters get as much from the process as those seeking to enter our tradition. We would love more parishioners to become involved, even if it is occasional involvement. If you wish to discuss this further, or join the group, please contact Christine Mitchell our Parish Associate.


(03) 9531 6120

Parish House

2 Normandy Road, Elwood, 3184

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