We are so happy that you are searching. Every person's journey is unique. At St Joseph's Church, we want to try and give you as much support as you need and as much guidance and information you require to help you decide if you would like to take the wonderful next step. Not simply becoming a Catholic, but helping you nurture and grow your own personal relationship with Jesus.
Whatever it may be that is calling you to explore a journey of faith, you bring your own story to the story of the Church. Whatever your background and circumstance, you are welcomed and valued.
I Am Thinking About Becoming A Catholic
Adult Baptism and RCIA
When you are brought into the church, this process is called the "Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults" or more simply the RCIA program.
The RCIA program is a faith journey that you undertake and you are constantly guided and supported by members of our Sacramental Ministry group and by other members of our parish community.
The journey is uniquely yours. The time it takes you to finish the RCIA program is not rigidly set. Some decide to journey for a year or more, others only a few months.
For some, it is their first experience of Christian initiation, while others have already been baptised and now wish to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church.
Baptism is the Sacrament in which we commit ourselves to God. We proclaim our faith in God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The baptism ceremony for adults is similar to the baptism of children except that you make the baptismal promises yourself. Instead of godparents, adults have sponsors, whose role is to encourage you and journey with you.
No doubt you will have some questions about the Catholic Faith and being a Christian which we may be able to help you answer.
We have put together a few questions that people considering a journey of faith often ask and we have tried our best to answer these.