The Archdiocese of Birmingham - The Parish of the Immaculate Conception

Seekers (RCIA) Programme

If you are thinking about becoming a Catholic or perhaps you already are and just want to learn a little more about it then read on.

The way for adults to join the church is to follow the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, the RCIA. Also known as Seekers as most people are looking for something or seeking more knowledge. Maybe they just want to know more about their own faith. Perhaps their children are on a sacramental programme and they need help to answer the children’s questions.

The programme entails a series of weekly talks, supplemented with videos. These take place from November to Easter in the Saint John Paul II Centre, which is next to the church and are on Tuesday evenings, generally lasting about an hour. The programme, led by members of the congregation, gives a basic overview of Catholic beliefs and the teachings of the Catholic Church. Subjects include the life and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ, the role of Mary as Mother of God, the Sacraments of the Church and the role of the laity. The laity being us, anyone who is not a minister or religious person like a monk or a nun. The programme is quite flexible because it is designed for adults, and as we know, all adults have had a number of life experiences, some good, some not so good and, if they wish, participants are welcome to bring these forward so we can put them in context. 

The programme is geared to the eventual reception through the Sacraments of Baptism (if the person has not already been baptised), Confirmation and Holy Communion, of those wishing to become Catholics. This takes place at the Easter Vigil which is on the Saturday before Easter Sunday. We offer a warm welcome should you wish to attend, however, no obligation or pressure placed on anyone attending the course to become a Catholic. All are free to say no or to walk away at any time. God’s love is a free gift to all who listen; there is no charge for this course.

Contact Ron Weaver, 07980 122521 or the Parish Office, 01869 253277 (Monday - Fridays 10.00 am – 3.00 pm)

16 Nov 21 Introductory Meeting & The Four Pillars
23 Nov 21 Tour of the Church Building
30 Nov 21 The Liturgical Year
7 Dec 21 Profession of Faith, I believe..
14 Dec 21 The Creed
Christmas break ~ no meetings
18 Jan 22 The Holy Spirit
25 Jan 22 Celebration of Faith, The Liturgy
1 Feb 22 The sacraments of Initiation
8 Feb 22 The sacraments of Healing
15 Feb 22 The sacraments of Service
22 Feb 22* Half Term ~ no meeting
1 Mar 22 Mary, Mother of God
6 Mar 22 Rite of Election (in the church)
8 Mar 22 The Commandments 1-3
15 Mar 22 The Commandments 4-10
20 Mar 22 Prayers for the Elect (First Scrutiny)
22 Mar 22 Life in Christ, People and society
27 Mar 22 Prayers for the Elect (Second Scrutiny)
29 Mar 22 Christian Prayer & Tradition, The Lord’s Prayer
3 Apr 22 Prayers for the Elect (Third Scrutiny)
5 Apr 22 Re-cap and questions
12 Apr 22* (Easter Week) Practice
16 Apr 22* Reception at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday
* NB these weeks fall within school holidays