Joining the Catholic Church
Adults who seek to become Catholic usually join the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program conducted in their Parish. Our program for secondary students is modelled on the RCIA program.
A person seeking to join the Catholic Church is usually initiated through the three Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist and the ideal time for this is at Easter. However, it can take place at any time as necessary.
Students seeking the Sacraments are invited to enrol in a preparation program which will be run in conjunction with Parishes. Details will be available at the beginning of each year from the school and/or Parish office. If already Baptised, a copy of the Baptismal Certificate is to be obtained.
If your child has been Baptised in the Catholic Faith you have already begun preparations for their receipt of the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation. From the moment of their birth you have shared your Faith with them in your love, words, actions and prayers. This is an essential component in their faith formation.
Students seeking the Sacraments are invited to enrol in a preparation program which will be run in conjunction with Parishes.
We become full members of the Catholic Church when we have received the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion.
Supporting Faith Formation
Our Catholic schools and Parish are here to help support this Faith formation and also your vocation as parents.
We become full members of the Catholic Church when we have received the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion. These Sacraments are the beginning of a life-long journey as Christians.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a sacrament of Healing. That is, it is the means by which we are reconciled with God and the Church as a consequence of sin committed since Baptism. It is usual for Baptised Catholics to make their First Reconciliation before they celebrate First Eucharist or Confirmation.
When a teenager seeks Baptism and does not have a Catholic parent it is important to have a supportive community of Catholic sponsors and friends. There also needs to be a time of discernment for a teenager who may not yet be able to take on full adult responsibility for his or her future. This time ensures that the teenager is fully aware of what they are seeking.