The Archdiocese of Birmingham - The Parish of the Immaculate Conception

Seekers (RCIA) Programme

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, or “Seekers” as it is known in the parish is, as the name suggests, is a programme intended for adults who may wish to become Catholics or who would like to know more about Roman Catholicism. It also caters for existing Catholics who may want to know more about and deepen their own faith. The programme consists of a series of weekly talks, lasting about one hour, held on Tuesday evening in The John Paul II Centre and running from November to the April of the following year. The evening concludes with a question and answer session on the subject discussed that evening or on any matter of interest to the enquirers – those attending the course. The programme 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 on the Catholic faith, the Sacraments of the Church, the role of the laity. The programme continues after Easter with subjects such as: the structure and authority of the Church, sacramentals, the layout of the Roman Missal and how Bible references work. There is no charge for the course. 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 at the Easter Vigil. There is, however, no obligation for or pressure placed on anyone attending the course to become a Catholic at its end. Anyone is free to say no or to walk away at any time – no questions asked and with no follow up from the RCIA team. People attend the course for a variety of reasons: curiosity, the feeling that there is something deeper to life, or just because they are married to a Catholic and their children are going through the sacramental programme and are starting to ask questions.

Contact: Ron Weaver – who himself went to the RCIA programme and was received into the Catholic Church more years ago than he likes to remember.

Programme 2017/2018

  7 Nov 17    Introductory Meeting & The Four Pillars

 14 Nov 17    Tour of the Church Building

 21 Nov 17    The Easter Vigil

28 Nov 17    Mary, Mother of God

  5 Dec 17    The Mystery of God

 12 Dec 17    The tasks of the Messiah

 19 Dec 17    The Teachings of Jesus

Christmas break  ~  no meeting


  9 Jan 18    Jesus, God and Man

 16 Jan 18    The Disciples

23 Jan 18    Christ and the Church

30 Jan 18    Liturgy and the Eucharist        

  6 Feb 18    The Sacraments

 13 Feb 18 Half Term ~ no meeting


18 Feb 18      Rite of Election, St Chads Cathedral, 3.00pm

20 Feb 18    The Communion of Saints

25 Feb 18    Prayers for the Elect (First Scrutiny)

27 Feb 18    Prayer and Life of the Spirit

 4 Mar 18     Prayers for the Elect (Second Scrutiny)

 6 Mar 18     The Last Things 

11 Mar 18     Prayers for the Elect (Third Scrutiny)

13 Mar 18    The Role of the Laity

20 Mar 18    Re-cap and questions

27 Mar 18    (Easter Week) Practice

After Easter the group will meet on 17 and 24 of April.

Items for discussion will be the questions generated by your recent experiences and/or :-

The Liturgical Year

Parable of the Weeds


How to use a Missal/Bible References  

The History of the Church

Structure and Authority of the Church

Infallibility of the Pope

*  NB these weeks fall within school holidays

Final date for your diary is the Parish Celebration of the Sacraments; this will be on the 1st July from 12:30. 

 Full programme here