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Becoming a Catholic


Our Journey of Faith course provides an opportunity for all Catholics and those enquiring into becoming Catholic to receive a full overview of the panorama of Christian teaching. These are open weekly sessions on Monday evenings at 8pm from October to Easter.

Many Catholics were baptised into the Catholic Church as infants and then grew up in Catholic homes and were often educated in Catholic schools, gradually being drawn more deeply into the full sacramental life of the Church through First Holy Communion and Confirmation. 

Other people - previously baptised in other Christian traditions, become Catholics after a period of preparation by making a solemn profession of faith, and receiving the sacraments of Confirmation and Communion. This is called being 'received into full communion with the Catholic Church'. 

Others again - not previously baptised at all - become Catholic Christians through a process of Christian initiation (called the catechumenate) which reaches a climax with the celebration of the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist at the Easter Vigil Mass. This is called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.). 

Whether a person is a candidate (someone already baptised in another Christian tradition) or a catechumen (an unbaptised person), we ask him or her to take part in a programme of weekly sessions from October to Easter. Each session includes prayer, teaching, sharing our faith and discussion. Finally, at the great Easter Vigil Mass, those who complete the process are welcomed with great joy into the Catholic Church. Please introduce yourself to one of the priests or deacons if you are interested in becoming a Catholic. 

We look forward to meeting you. If you are interested please contact Deacon Kevin:

deacon.kevin@st-augustine.co.uk