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Calling all those who want to become a Catholic!

You are warmly invited to attend the RCIA

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

7-8 p.m. each Monday evening

in St Peter’s Parish Centre


Starting on MONDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2016

and each week, until MONDAY 10 APRIL 2017

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The RCIA will help you gain a full understanding of the Catholic faith and all its teachings.  It supports you, as you seek to respond more deeply to Jesus Christ, and to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church.  If, by Easter 2017, you are ready to receive your Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, First Holy Communion, Confirmation), this will take place at: The Easter Vigil Mass p.m. on Saturday 15 April 2017

Please get in touch with me to register or if you have any queries.  I will be delighted to assist you – particularly if you have any special needs, concerns or disabilities.

Don’t let anything hold you back from growing closer to Christ by joining the Church which He started.  Jesus wants to get into your boat now – where you are now!

(Existing Catholics who would welcome some refreshment in understanding Catholic beliefs and teaching are also most welcome to sit in).

Please contact me so that I can answer any questions you may have and assist you with registering for the course. I would also be delighted to assist anyone with any disabilities.

God bless you, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Carmel Urbanoviez

Carmel Urbanoviez, Parish Catechist for Adults

email rcia@stpeterswoolwich.church

or leave a note of your phone number for me at the presbytery so that I can text or call you.



And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20


About the RCIA

This precious time at the RCIA is your time, a time to retreat from the cares of the outside world for an hour or so each week, to get closer to the Lord, come to know Him and love Him more deeply, to actually meet Jesus face to face and see Him in the faces of others.  During the sessions we will be praying, meditating on sacred scripture and the Catechism (the teaching of the Catholic church), and working towards becoming full members of the Holy Catholic Church, through the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and First Holy Communion).

I aim to make these sessions fruitful and enjoyable for everyone.  Please let me know if you have any problems which you feel would stop you from coming – I will do my very best to help you.  For example, if you struggle with English I can get some resources in other languages and assistance is available.  Perhaps you have disabilities, special needs or a medical condition of some kind?  Again, we can work together so that you are included.

The RCIA is about exploring and learning about the Catholic faith in a systematic way – through attending weekly sessions. If you aim to be received into the Catholic Church next Easter, you must attend every session. A record of attendance will be kept and any missed sessions may result in you not being able to receive your sacraments. The Parish Priest will ultimately make the decision on whether you are sufficiently prepared.

You don’t need to buy any expensive resources, but please bring a notebook and pen. You will be provided with handouts and other materials which you are welcome to take home and keep or share with friends and family.  There is no cost involved.  Snacks and drinks will be provided before the session starts (6.30 onwards) and this is a great opportunity to meet and chat with others.

Note on children – if you can arrange childcare before the sessions start that would be great! However, I realise this is not always easy.  So I would rather you came and brought the children than not come at all.  However, they will be expected to sit quietly and you will be responsible for this.  I will set up a separate table for children with colouring materials to keep them occupied – no running around is allowed.  Also, be aware that the sessions are aimed at adults and at times we will be discussing topics such as abortion/contraception, homosexuality etc.

Also to minimise disruption, please turn off your phones before you come into class and please be on time every week, ready to start at 7p.m. for our opening prayer.

There will be breaks at various times, including for Christmas (the dates of these will be announced nearer the time).

Please feel free to ask me any questions you like, before and during the course.  The only ‘daft questions’ are the ones you don’t ask!

God bless,

The Church has always considered catechesis one of her primary tasks, for, before Christ ascended to His Father after His resurrection, He gave the apostles a final command – to make disciples of all nations and to teach them to observe all that He had commanded . He thus entrusted them with the mission and power to proclaim to humanity what they had heard, what they had seen with their eyes, what they had looked upon and touched with their hands, concerning the Word of Life. He also entrusted them with the mission and power to explain with authority what He had taught them, His words and actions, His signs and commandments. And He gave them the Spirit to fulfil this mission. Very soon the name of catechesis was given to the whole of the efforts within the Church to make disciples, to help people to believe that Jesus is the Son of God, so that believing they might have life in His name , and to educate and instruct them in this life and thus build up the Body of Christ. The Church has not ceased to devote her energy to this task.