Becoming Catholic

 Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

 The sacraments of Christian initiation - Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist - lay the foundations of every Christian life. "The sharing in the divine nature given to men through the grace of Christ bears a certain likeness to the origin, development, and nourishing of natural life.  The faithful are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life.  By means of these sacraments of Christian initiation, they thus receive in increasing measure the treasures of the divine life and advance toward the perfection of charity."

~Catechism of the Catholic Church


The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or RCIA provides an opportunity for people to learn more about the Catholic Faith. 

Everyone is welcome to participate in this program especially those who are thinking about becoming Catholic. 

The Sacraments of Initiation are Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. 

RCIA prepares those who have never been baptised (catechumens) to
receive the Sacraments of Initiation AND those who have been validly baptised in
the Orthodox Church or a protestant denomination (candidates) to receive the
Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.

Catechumens and candidates generally receive the Sacraments of Initiation during Easter. 


The RCIA program usually commences in July and finishes before Easter of the following year.

When: every Tuesday (except the first Tuesday of the month)

Time: (after the devotion to St Michael) from 7:45-9:00pm

Where: Presbytery Meeting Room, St Michael's Church,

10 Croydon Road, Hurstville

Contact: Valerie Gonzaga (RCIA Coordinator)

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 If you are Catholic but have not yet received the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Eucharist and/or Confirmation please email Valerie Gonzaga to facilitate this.


We also run Cantonese and Mandarin RCIA classes at St Michael's Church.

 For Cantonese RCIA contact:

Margaret Tham on 0411 279 007


For Mandarin RCIA contact: 

Elsie Lau on 0416 869 013