Becoming a Catholic (RCIA)

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The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is the process by which non-Catholics learn about the Catholic faith and way of life. It is a process of spiritual formation which culminates with entry into the Catholic Church with the celebration of the Sacraments of Baptism (if not previously baptised in a Christian denomination) Confirmation, and the Eucharist.

At the Church of the Sacred Heart, our RCIA course begins in September with the view of being received into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. However, there is no definitive date to be received into the Church and we are happy to accompany you on your faith journey.

Our course has been designed to give a basic overview of the teachings of the Catholic Church and all information provided is from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Scripture and Papal Documents. Additionally, we have a number of sessions on prayer development to help assist with spiritual formation and we also offer an Advent and Lenten retreat experience as part of our course.

For people who have been baptised in the Catholic Church but have not received the Sacrament of Confirmation and Eucharist, you are welcome to join our course.

Therefore, if you feel God is calling you to explore your faith, if you would like to learn more about the Catholic Church or if you are interested in becoming a Catholic, please contact Andrew Cassidy (Pastoral Associate) on 0131 229 9821 or email