Bishop Philip with some of our Journey of Faith group at March 2014 Rite of Election.
Journey of Faith (RCIA)
For more information about the current RCIA journey, please send your name and contact details to the parish office
What is RCIA?
RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. This gives non-Catholics the means by which they can become full members of the Catholic Church. The RCIA course provides a structure so as to make sure that all the necessary topics are covered and to allow those attending to discern whether or not entering into the fullness of the Catholic Church is for them. Some of those coming to the weekly meetings will have the intention of coming into the Church next Easter whilst others may need more time to come to a decision over such an important matter – this can take several years.
If following RCIA - do I have to make a commitment to come to every meeting?
For those wishing come into the Church at Easter, they should try to attend as often as possible. The really important topics will be repeated for those who have missed a session. In addition, separate one-to-one session will be available on request.
Catholics and Enquirers not wishing to take the RCIA course are welcome to join us as often as they wish. For Catholics, these weekly meeting will deepen your faith. For enquirers – you will come to a better understanding of what the Catholic Church believes.
EWTN Sky Channel 589 under the Religion category. Watch the Journey Home program at 8pm on Tuesdays (also on the same day - much earlier at 1am). The Best of Journey Home is broadcast Tuesday to Friday every morning at 8am. Non Sky subscribers can get internet streaming broadcast from www.roku.uk
Recommended website links
Portsmouth Diocese: http://www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk
Vatican/Holy See: www.vatican.va
Vatican YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/vatican
USA Catholic organisation: www.ewtn.com
Catholic Answers: www.catholic.com
Catholic Truth Society: www.cts-online.org.uk
Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism by Scott Hahn and Kimberly Hahn
Amazon customer review: By reading this book you can clearly see the Lord working in the lives of the Hahn family. The book is easy to read (I read it in a day) and gives good views of what the Catholic faith is all about. A definite read for all Catholics and non-Catholics.
Surprised by Truth by Patrick Madrid (Author)
Amazon Customer review: "Surprised by Truth" is a fantastic book telling the story of recent converts to the Catholic Church. This book describes the pain and anguish that one goes through to find the truth and have the courage to follow it. The historical, Scriptural, and logical reasons for joining the Catholic Church are solid throughout the book.
Nuts & Bolts: A Practical, How-To Guide for Explaining & Defending the Catholic Faith by Tim Staples
Tim Staples is Director of Apologetics and Evangelisation at Catholic Answers.
All these books are freely available from Amazon.