Becoming Catholic

Would you like to become a Catholic?  The Catholic Church offers the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) to all who wish to become Catholic. 

What if you have never been baptised, or if you were baptised in another Christian denomination and wish to belong to the St Mark's community, what do you have to do?  Simply contact one of the Parish Priests for an initial interview.  You will be invited to join a time of Inquiry after which time you are welcomed to the second stage of faith education and spiritual development.

The sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) are celebrated at Easter time for adults.

Thinking of Becoming a Catholic or Being a Sponsor?

(A parishioner's experience ....)

I have done both!!!  My husband, Michael is Catholic and we decided to raise our children Catholic.  However, it was not until our son, James, started school and I got involved in the St Mark's School and Parish community that I came to understand and respect the values of the Catholic religion, so much so that I became a Catholic. It was a wonderful 'journey' and I learnt so much from it.  It was not scary or intimidating as I thought it would be. The other candidates were people like me and the RCIA Team is filled with a group of lovely, supportive people and I have developed some special friendships along the way.  It was a great opportunity for me to ask many questions and find many answers.

Then I was asked to be a sponsor.  I was hesitant about this, as I still had my 'L' plates on.  However, I was assured that I didn't need to be an expert on Catholicism.  It was just nice to be a support to someone who is becoming a Catholic.  Being a sponsor only re-iterated everything I learnt the first time around and again, I got so much out of it.

Kind regards, Rachel White—St Mark's Parishioner

So if you would like to learn more about becoming a Catholic or being a Sponsor, please contact the parish office on (02) 9181 1795.