RCIA 2014/15 EASTER
This year's RCIA
initiation celebrations were spread over the first week of Easter. Jenni and Sophia completed their initiation
Rites at the Easter Vigil on 4th April and Claire during Sunday evening Mass on
the 12th April.
Many Congratulations to
Jenni Dickinson, Claire Munday and Sophia Jaques
The Easter Vigil is a
special time at the climax of the Church's Liturgical year. It begins with the Blessing of the Fire and
the lighting of the new Paschal Candle and followed by a time of quiet
listening to familiar passages from the Old Testament. The mood then changes
dramatically as we celebrate Easter with lights, incense, bells and joy and the
proclamation of the Gospel telling of the empty tomb and Christ's Resurrection. This is followed by the Rites of Initiation
for our candidates including their full participation in the Eucharist for the
For Jenni who had been
baptised in another Christian denomination these Rites were a Profession of
Faith and a formal acceptance as a member of the Catholic Church then her
Confirmation and first Communion. Sophia
had already been baptised in the Catholic Church and celebrated her
Confirmation and first Communion.
Claire was not able to
be at the Easter Vigil and so was received into the Catholic Church the
following week at the 5:30pm Mass on
12th April. Like Jenni, she also made a Profession of Faith, was formally Received into
the Catholic Church and was Confirmed and took her first Communion. Although Claire's reception was not at the
Vigil with the others she was very well supported by her family and friends and
it was a lovely Mass.
On behalf of the whole
RCIA group I would like to thank Fr Niall for making the Rites live in such a
special way and also to thank the candidates' sponsors: Kelly Rozee, Catriona
Abrahams and Kath Gable for supporting and accompanying our candidates
throughout this Journey of Faith.
Our RCIA group will
continue to meet until Pentecost for Stage 4 "Mystagogia" which is designed
to help our new Catholics reflect on what has happened and prepare for the
challenges of living their Faith in the years to come.
If you or anyone you
know is interested in learning more about the Catholic Church please complete
the enquiry form on this website.
RCIA coordinator April 2015