RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

RCIA is the process whereby adults are baptised or received into the Catholic Church.  The parish runs a programme of exploration and formation designed to allow enquirers to further their understanding and knowledge of all aspects of Catholicism.

Catechumens (those not baptised) and candidates (those already baptised in a different Christian faith tradition) meet weekly over the course of a year to discuss and experience the Catholic faith.

The process begins each September with a Come and See Evening and runs until early summer.  The celebration of the Sacrament of Initiation normally takes place at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday.  Other significant feasts of the Church can also be occasions for welcoming new members if necessary.

RCIA is often the vehicle through which adult Catholics prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation.

Enquirers should contact the Parish Priest initially and keep an eye on the newsletter for details.

The RCIA group welcomes parishioners who would like to share their faith with those exploring the Roman Catholic tradition.  Please contact the Parish Priest if you would like to serve the parish in this way.

Contact:  Fr Paul    pp@boxmoorcatholic.org

Easter Font

Each Easter for the last eight years we have been privileged to baptise one or more adults seeking entry into the Christian Faith through the Catholic Church.

On such occasions it is most fitting to do so at the Easter Vigil, when our parish community celebrates the resurrection of Christ and God’s gift to us of eternal life in Christ.  The entry into the new life of faith of these adults reminds all of us of our own passover, from death to live, in Christ.

Our Font
  • Is in the shape of a cross.  On Easter Vigil candidates for baptism and priest both step into the water.  They step into the cross.  Through the cross we find life and healing.

  • Is fed by a constant stream of water, trickling through a palm shell.  This constant flow of water reminds us of how God’s grace is always available, flowing freely to us, especially through the sacraments

  • Is surrounded by plants, a sign of life.  Water is life-giving.  The love of God is life-giving.

  • Is a journey.  The candidates step in through one side, and out through another.  Christ’s gift to us in baptism is a passover from death to life, from spiritual weakness to spiritual strength, through Christ.

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