Introduction to the RCIA
The process is not a programme which lasts a set length of time. Some people are ready to become full members of the Church after a few months, but some need longer, to ask questions, to think and pray, and perhaps to make changes in their own life-style. The Church is patient, and asks the enquirers to be patient too. Becoming a Catholic is a very serious step, and it is irrevocable, so it is important that anyone who is considering this step should take as much time as he or she needs.
Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday, is the traditional time for people to be baptised or received into the Church and to receive Holy Communion for the first time. However, sometimes other days are chosen, according to individual situations. The Church wishes to make new Catholics feel truly welcome, and not just part of some anonymous or mechanical programme, and so enquirers are encourage to make their own journey of faith at their own pace, with support, help and advice from friendly Catholic priests and lay-people.