Becoming Catholic

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

The sacraments of Christian initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist – lay the foundations of every Christian life. “The sharing in the divine nature given to men through the grace of Christ bears a certain likeness to the origin, development, and nourishing of natural life.  The faithful are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life.  By means of these sacraments of Christian initiation, they thus receive in increasing measure the treasures of the divine life and advance toward the perfection of charity.”

~Catechism of the Catholic Church


The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or RCIA provides an opportunity for Non-Catholics to learn more about the Catholic Faith.

RCIA prepares those who have never been baptised (catechumens) to receive the Sacraments of Initiation AND those who have been validly baptised in the Orthodox Church or a protestant denomination (candidates) to receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.

The Sacraments of Initiation are Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist.

Catechumens and candidates generally receive the Sacraments of Initiation during Easter.


The RCIA program usually commences in July and finishes before Easter of the following year.

When: every Tuesday (except the second Tuesday of the month)

Time: (after the devotion to St Michael) from 7:45-9:00pm

Where: Sacramental Coordinator’s Room, Parish Office

St Michael’s Church, 10 Croydon Road, Hurstville


RCIA Coordinator: Valerie Gonzaga


If you are Catholic but have not yet received the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Eucharist and/or Confirmation please email Valerie Gonzaga to facilitate this.


We also run Cantonese and Mandarin RCIA classes at St Michael’s Church.

For Cantonese RCIA contact:

Margaret Tham on 0411 279 007


For Mandarin RCIA contact:

Elsie Lau on 0416 869 013