Journey of Faith (RCIA)
The official name of this process or programme, which exists in most Catholic parishes, is the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): a title which perhaps conveys something of its meaning and significance– but since it is quite a mouthful we tend to call it the Journey of Faith!
We are, all of us and all through our lives, on a Journey of Faith, guided and inspired by the Holy Spirit. We are probably all at different points on the journey, and that journey can no doubt take different individuals on somewhat different routes, but the goal for all of us is the same, that is, intimate union with our loving God.
For some people, whose religious faith – if any – has perhaps not brought them to a church community where they feel truly at home, they may come to realise that the Spirit seems to be leading them towards the Catholic Church. Those who wish to find out more can be assured of a warm welcome in the Journey of Faith group at St Ann’s. Meeting in the Parish Rooms on alternate Thursday evenings, there are usually about ten of us – a small enough number to facilitate friendly discussion, but not so small that anyone might feel under pressure to say more than they feel comfortable with.
The high point to which the programme is building comes at Easter, when most years we have the great joy of welcoming one or two (or more) people into ‘Full Communion in the Catholic Church’. For those who have never been christened, this would also involve the celebration of their Baptism and Confirmation, as well as of course their sharing for the first time in the Eucharist. (Most of the parishioners who make up the Journey of Faith group have themselves had that joyful experience in past years.)
If you are interested – or know someone who you believe would be interested – please don’t hesitate to contact either Father Sean (0161 485 1685) or Julie Hindmarch (0161 440 8408). It could be the most important moment in your Journey of Faith!