The first step on the journey to becoming a Catholic Christian is to contact your local priest for a chat.
Alternatively simply find out your nearest Catholic Church and turn up for Mass and take part as you can or just observe. The key is to sit and stand when the others do and not to be too concerned if at first you can’t follow things. No one is watching you and waiting for your mistakes so just relax. It may help however if you have a friend that you might go along with just to help you settle. If you wish make yourself known to the priest or feel free to remain anonymous. The one thing you can be assured of is that no one will bother you.
The formation of adults and process by which they are initiated into the Church is known as the "Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults," or the "RCIA." The Rite of Christian Initiation is based on the principle that the process of conversion proceeds gradually, in stages. Progress from one stage to the next is marked by a liturgical celebration in the midst of the parish community. The experience and needs of each individual differs, and so the length of time may vary for each person, yet there are certain similarities in the process everyone will experience
The RCIA is for:
Un-baptised... persons at the age of reason (7 years and older) who follow a process to help them grow in awareness to God's call to conversion as well as ways to respond to that call. They are considered catechumens.
Baptised in another Christian Church... those catechised and un-catechised persons from a faith tradition other than Catholic who are seeking full communion with the Roman Catholic Church (Eucharist and Confirmation). They are considered candidates.
Baptised but un-catechised Catholic Adults... persons who were baptized as infants in the Catholic Church yet not given any religious upbringing within the Catholic tradition. These adults will be prepared to celebrate the sacraments of penance, confirmation and eucharist. They are also considered candidates.
- In the case of children who have reached the age of reason (age 7), the pastor of the local parish should be consulted for information about Baptism and the other Sacraments of Initiation.
- Adult Catholics who were baptised and received their First Eucharist in the Catholic Church and are interested in the Sacrament of Confirmation should contact Fr Kingham.