Nazareth Catholic Parish

Grovedale, Torquay and Anglesea


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RCIA Co-Ordinators

Simon and Liz Clark co-ordinate the RCIA process. 
You may like to make direct contact with them, as they are only too willing to answer your questions and see where the parish can support you in your faith journey.

How Do I Become Catholic?


The usual way in today's church for an adult to become a Catholic is a process called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, commonly referred to as the RCIA.  

The RCIA is not a program to be started, and then completed sometime in the future. Rather it is a process which supports the journey that each is called to travel.  It is a threefold journey of transformation: 

1.   The personal interior journey of a lived relationship with Christ resulting in the deep desire to choose to be a disciple.

2.    The journey into the Church through reception of the Sacraments of Initiation.

3.   The journey of active practice – as evidenced by receiving the sacraments, attending Mass, and participating in the life and mission of the Catholic community.
In our parish we have a  group of very dedicated parishioners who meet with inquirers of all ages and persuasions - those who have never been baptised, those baptised in another Christian faith and even those who have been baptised in the Catholic Faith but who have never celebrated the other sacraments of Initiation. They offer friendship, support and encouragement through the four stages of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. 

In the beginning there is usually some curiosity, sometime or something that brings an individual to ponder on the God that Catholics talk about.  This 1st stage is called a time of Inquiry. Once you begin to wonder about the catholic faith, you are already in this step! You may ask friends or co-workers questions; you may read books; you may even make some approaches to the parish to find out what is involved. It is your time, so use it well and ask whatever questions that arise for you.