Becoming a Catholic

The way in which non-Catholics enter the Catholic Faith is through the OCIA programme.

OCIA, Order of Christian Initiation of Adults, is a journey for adults who consciously and freely seek God and wish to become a full member of the Catholic faith. This journey is not to be rushed.

The OCIA programme is both for Catechumens (adults who have never been baptised) and Candidates (adults who have previously been baptised into another Christian faith). It is for men and women of every age, culture, and nationality

OCIA takes approximately nine months and usually starts around August/September.

It involves a weekly session during the school terms and incorporates prayer, reflection and teaching in a group environment.

The season of Lent is a special time of focus for Catechumens and Candidates who choose to become Catholics. At Easter their journey is celebrated with Catechumens receiving the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist, and the Candidates being formally received into the Catholic Church with the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and the Holy Eucharist.

For further information on the OCIA journey or if you have any questions about becoming a Catholic please contact us.

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