"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life." John 3:16

RCIA is the parish programme led by priests and parishioners that helps non-Catholic adults who would like to learn more about the Catholic faith, and also Catholics over the age of 18 who have not yet received the Sacrament of Confirmation

"The rite of Christian initiation is designed for adults who, after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. By God’s help they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and at the proper time will receive the sacraments fruitfully." (From the RCIA Introductory Materials.)

The Catholic faith has been continuously proclaimed for over 2000 years following the teachings of Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Apostles. The Church Jesus Christ founded still exists today and is the means established by Him to spread His message of love, reconciliation, and right living to every corner of the world. It exists in every country and as well as being a hospital for sinners and a school for saints is one of the world’s largest providers of healthcare and education. In a communion of love and obedience with the Pope in Rome, Catholics everywhere seek to worship Almighty God and follow His commandments through the teachings of the “body of Christ” on earth: the Catholic Church.

The group meets at St Philip's Priory over the year. The 2024 course will begin again later this year. Please contact the Parish Office to speak with Fr Martin if you would like to join.

You are always welcome to speak to any Priest about Catholicism, whether you are Catholic or just have questions you would like to explore further.