Becoming Catholic

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 Non-Catholics to learn more about the Catholic Faith.

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.

The Sacraments of Initiation are Baptism, Confirmation and Holy 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 8.00 pm-9:00 pm

Where: Parish Meeting Rooms (Old Parish Office)

St Michael’s Church, 10 Croydon Road, Hurstville

RCIA Coordinator: Valerie Gonzaga

If you are Catholic but have not yet received the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Eucharist and/or Confirmation the RCIA coordinator can facilitate this for you.

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