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The course also known as ‘Journey of Faith’ is the process by which adults who are not Catholics are welcomed into the Catholic Church. It involves personal growth, as well as growing into a particular Catholic community or parish. We invite those adults who have not been baptised and would like to be.
If you would like information and would like someone to explain to you the process, please contact Fr Will at the parish on 020 8672 2179.
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is not a programme, but a way in which the Church helps the unbaptised and baptised to prepare for, and reflect on, the three Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and the Holy Eucharist. There are many stages to this journey of faith, each one allowing time for questioning, hearing anew or afresh the message of the Gospel and finding a deeper conversion of mind and heart. By doing so enquirers are able to reflect their own life in the light of the Gospel as they look forward to the day when they no longer live for themselves alone, but in service to God through His people.
Journey in Faith Program 2015-2016
The RCIA programme for 2015-2016 came to a successful conclusion last night with a celebration meal and awarding of Certificates. The party was hosted by the RCIA team, including Martine, Deacon Tom and Tom Gately, and we were pleased to see that Lorraine and Teresa also joined us for the final session. Father Will joined us briefly as he was hosting a Marriage Course in the upper room. What is always wonderful about the RCIA programme is the degree of integrity and honesty that is shared by all members of the team. Each member of our new community spoke about what the course meant to them and how it was the springboard for their onward prayer journey. Deacon Tom reminded us that we were all like old wine being joined by the new and in his final blessing he wished us all every success in our new life in the Lord.
We all pray that each one of our new members may be able to reflect on the following. “My dear friends, this community now sends you forth to reflect more deeply upon the joy of the Gospel which has called us to share in this journey. Be assured of our loving support and prayers for you. We truly love having you in our community.” Rite of Christian Initiation American text edition. St Anselm, Pray for us.
“I feel compelled to write to you all this evening to say thank you for all the work you have put in to organise the RCIA and Journey in Faith programme. As we have now finished the course, although not quite come to the end of the journey, I am finding this to be a very interesting time of reflection. As almost everybody on the course mentioned – we are now left with many unanswered questions. I would certainly agree and almost go one step further to say that because of the questions I am left with a feeling of intrigue and excitement. This is something that I have never experienced before in relation to any religion and it’s important for you all to know that it is the result of your work over the past few months. Natasha and I feel truly blessed to have met you all and we are certain that this is the beginning of a new and exciting part of our life. Thank you all once again for your dedication and time. Please, of course, extend this thank you to Father Will who has been so brilliant at simplifying things with great clarity and precision in his words.” Daniel Carrington
“We very much enjoyed the big day and in fact the journey leading up to it. The whole experience was immensely worthwhile culminating in such a special event and it was so nice having the Confirmations and Baptism as a family on (as you say), the highlight of the liturgical calendar – certainly something we look back on with very fond memories. We will obviously thank you in person but just wanted to say a massive thank you for the considerable effort that went in to running the course. The fact that we all made it to the end shows what a good job was done. When I started the course it was purely exploratory and my mind was certainly not made up to follow the course to the end, become a Catholic and receive Confirmation. We feel very much at home now in the Parish so thank you for that and, of course, thank you to Fr Will, Fr Paul, Fr Romanus and Deacons Simon and Michael too. We look forward to welcoming our daughter to the Parish in July and having another Baptism this year hopefully.” Alistair, Esmeralda and Sam.
The format for the evening follows the sharing of the protocols so that a sense of trust can be built up:
Protocols for the evening
Be aware of others and be sensitive to their needs, taking it in turns to listen and to reflect on their words and feelings. To respect the integrity and confidence of our sharing.
Be truly open in our thinking and our listening.
Be honest with others and ourselves.
Listen to the voice of others and to the inner voice in our hearts.
Be willing to share and be part of the group to deepen and to share in the mystical faith life of Jesus as we search in our own life for fulfilment.
Be aware of our emotions both in high and low points and welcome God into our thoughts.
After we have shared our protocols and welcomed one another, we will then follow up with faith information based on the diary for the ‘Journey of Faith’ year, Each session will allow us to enter into the values of our the Lord Jesus Christ and opportunities for personal fulfilment and prayer sharing. We promise it is a gentle and special opening of the mysteries of our faith and we your catechists join with you, our new enquirers on a journey of discovery. “Why not come and see”?
Welcome tour of the Church and Tea
Twice a year we hold a ‘Welcome tour of the Church & Tea’ in May and October for all new parishioners. This comprises of a tour of the Church and information about the various Ministries on offer, followed by tea and meeting of the parish team in the lower new hall.