Journey in Faith (RCIA)

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How can an adult become a full member of the the Catholic Church? This takes time; the person who wants to join must reflect on their growing relationship with God and explore the different teachings given by the Catholic Church. Some parishes call their pathway the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) but strictly speaking this refers to certain ceremonies in which unbaptised adults take part prior to baptism. We call it A Journey in Faith.

Our next Journey in Faith will begin on Monday 23rd September. You are welcome if you are are either interested in becoming a Catholic, finding out more about the Catholic Faith, or a Catholic who may wish to renew and/or refresh your faith. The program will run weekly during school term times, until Easter 2025, in the Parish Hall of All Hallows Church, School Road, Miskin, Pontyclun, CF72 8PG from 7.30 until 9 o’clock. (If transport is a problem, please phone or email Cath. Contact details below.)

If you feel this may be for you or for someone you know, please join with us in growing in knowledge and understanding of the Church and of our Faith in Jesus Christ. The evenings take place in a very informal, relaxed way. There is no commitment by coming to find out. If you would like more information, please contact: or Cath or Tony Carroll – 01443 207576 or 07482 406215. Email carrollstc@gmail.com.

When an unbaptised adult is seriously committed to learning more about the Catholic faith, they can be enrolled as a Catechumen (official learner). Catechumens will be enrolled at the Mass they usually attend on 11/12 January 2025.

Adults who have spent some months reflecting on the Catholic faith and feel ready to make that commitment at Easter will be presented to the Archbishop at St David’s Cathedral in Cardiff at the Rite of Election, expected to take place 3 pm on Sunday 9th March 2025.

Candidates for baptism take part in three ‘scrutinies’ (solemn moments of prayer by their congregations) at the Masses they usually attend on the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays of Lent. In 2025, these will be the weekends of 22/23 March, 29/30 March and 5/6 April.

Baptism will be celebrated at the Easter Vigil, 8.30 pm, Saturday 19th April 2025. A Vigil will only be celebrated at one or two churches across the Pastorate and the choice of where they are held will depend, in part, on where candidates are ready for baptism.

The Catholic Church recognises as valid any baptism or christening conducted by pouring of, or immersion in, water using the words “I baptise you in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. If it can be proven that you have received such a baptism as a child or as an adult, you are recognised as validly baptised. If there is strong reason to believe that this is the case but certain proof cannot be provided, you would be privately baptised ‘conditionally’ shortly before Easter and then proceed as below.

Baptised adults who have spent some months reflecting on the Catholic faith and feel ready to make that commitment at Easter will be presented to the Archbishop at St David’s Cathedral in Cardiff at the Rite of Election, expected to take place 3 pm on Sunday 9th March 2025.

Special prayers for such candidates are said in a ‘penitential scrutiny’ at the Mass they usually attend on the 2nd Sunday of Lent. In 2025, this will be the weekend of 15/16 March.

Shortly before reception, the candidate would go to a priest of their choice and make a sacramental confession for the first time.

The Rite of Reception consists in reciting the Creed together with the whole congregation and then making a public declaration: “I believe and profess all that the holy Catholic Church believes, teaches, and proclaims to be revealed by God.” The priest presiding then admits the person as a Catholic by a handshake; the new Catholic immediately receives the Sacrament of Confirmation and then receives Holy Communion for the first time at the same Mass. (If you previously belonged to an Eastern/Oriental Orthodox Church you would probably already be validly confirmed in which case confirmation would be omitted.)

The likely time for Reception would be at the Easter Vigil, 8.30 pm, Saturday 19th April 2025. A Vigil will only be celebrated at one or two churches across the Pastorate and the choice of where they are held will depend, in part, on where candidates are ready for baptism or reception. Alternatively, according to personal circumstances, the rite of reception can be celebrated at a weekend Mass shortly after Easter.

For adults who never participated in First Communion preparation as children, it is appropriate to spend a period of time reflecting on the Catholic faith before approaching this Sacrament as an adult. First Confession comes before First Communion, and preparation for this requires time exploring the moral teachings of the Catholic Church.

Once the adult has made their First Confession and is ready to receive Holy Communion for the first time, this could be done:

  • At the Easter Vigil, together with adults they have journeyed with towards Baptism or Reception; or
  • Together with children celebrating First Communion in any of our churches; or
  • At the Mass of Confirmation at St Dyfrig’s on the evening of Friday 6th June 2025.

If the adult has not yet received the Sacrament of Confirmation, they should consider the last option. Parish Priests are not automatically given permission to confirm those who are already baptised Catholics, which is properly the role of the Bishop.

For adults who never been confirmed, it is appropriate to spend a period of time reflecting on the Catholic faith before approaching this Sacrament as an adult. Our Journey in Faith is one appropriate way of doing this; our Discipleship Groups provide another.

Parish Priests are not automatically given permission to confirm those who are already baptised Catholics, which is properly the role of the Bishop. Adults ready to be confirmed will be presented to the Archbishop to be confirmed when he visits St Dyfrig’s to celebrate the Mass of Confirmation on the evening of Friday 6th June 2025.

When an unbaptised adult is seriously committed to learning more about the Catholic faith, they can be enrolled as a Catechumen (official learner). Catechumens will be enrolled at the Mass they usually attend on 11/12 January 2025.

Adults who have spent some months reflecting on the Catholic faith and feel ready to make that commitment at Easter will be presented to the Archbishop at St David’s Cathedral in Cardiff at the Rite of Election, expected to take place 3 pm on Sunday 9th March 2025.

Candidates for baptism take part in three ‘scrutinies’ (solemn moments of prayer by their congregations) at the Masses they usually attend on the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays of Lent. In 2025, these will be the weekends of 22/23 March, 29/30 March and 5/6 April.

Baptism will be celebrated at the Easter Vigil, 8.30 pm, Saturday 19th April 2025. A Vigil will only be celebrated at one or two churches across the Pastorate and the choice of where they are held will depend, in part, on where candidates are ready for baptism.

The Catholic Church recognises as valid any baptism or christening conducted by pouring of, or immersion in, water using the words “I baptise you in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. If it can be proven that you have received such a baptism as a child or as an adult, you are recognised as validly baptised. If there is strong reason to believe that this is the case but certain proof cannot be provided, you would be privately baptised ‘conditionally’ shortly before Easter and then proceed as below.

Baptised adults who have spent some months reflecting on the Catholic faith and feel ready to make that commitment at Easter will be presented to the Archbishop at St David’s Cathedral in Cardiff at the Rite of Election, expected to take place 3 pm on Sunday 9th March 2025.

Special prayers for such candidates are said in a ‘penitential scrutiny’ at the Mass they usually attend on the 2nd Sunday of Lent. In 2025, this will be the weekend of 15/16 March.

Shortly before reception, the candidate would go to a priest of their choice and make a sacramental confession for the first time.

The Rite of Reception consists in reciting the Creed together with the whole congregation and then making a public declaration: “I believe and profess all that the holy Catholic Church believes, teaches, and proclaims to be revealed by God.” The priest presiding then admits the person as a Catholic by a handshake; the new Catholic immediately receives the Sacrament of Confirmation and then receives Holy Communion for the first time at the same Mass. (If you previously belonged to an Eastern/Oriental Orthodox Church you would probably already be validly confirmed in which case confirmation would be omitted.)

The likely time for Reception would be at the Easter Vigil, 8.30 pm, Saturday 19th April 2025. A Vigil will only be celebrated at one or two churches across the Pastorate and the choice of where they are held will depend, in part, on where candidates are ready for baptism or reception. Alternatively, according to personal circumstances, the rite of reception can be celebrated at a weekend Mass shortly after Easter.

For adults who never participated in First Communion preparation as children, it is appropriate to spend a period of time reflecting on the Catholic faith before approaching this Sacrament as an adult. First Confession comes before First Communion, and preparation for this requires time exploring the moral teachings of the Catholic Church.

Once the adult has made their First Confession and is ready to receive Holy Communion for the first time, this could be done:

  • At the Easter Vigil, together with adults they have journeyed with towards Baptism or Reception; or
  • Together with children celebrating First Communion in any of our churches; or
  • At the Mass of Confirmation at St Dyfrig’s on the evening of Friday 6th June 2025.

If the adult has not yet received the Sacrament of Confirmation, they should consider the last option. Parish Priests are not automatically given permission to confirm those who are already baptised Catholics, which is properly the role of the Bishop.

For adults who never been confirmed, it is appropriate to spend a period of time reflecting on the Catholic faith before approaching this Sacrament as an adult. Our Journey in Faith is one appropriate way of doing this; our Discipleship Groups provide another.

Parish Priests are not automatically given permission to confirm those who are already baptised Catholics, which is properly the role of the Bishop. Adults ready to be confirmed will be presented to the Archbishop to be confirmed when he visits St Dyfrig’s to celebrate the Mass of Confirmation on the evening of Friday 6th June 2025.