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RCIA

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and Children
in the Diocese of Ballarat


The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and children is a process through which people proceed towards faith in Jesus Christ as expressed by full membership in the Catholic Church and is intended for those who are unbaptised and preparing to receive the sacraments of initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.

The four major periods in the initiation process:

  • Period of Evangelisation and Pre-Catechumenate - Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens
  • Period of Catechumenate - Rite of Election
  • Period of Purification and Enlightenment - Celebration of the Sacraments 
  • Period of Mystagogy - Celebration with the Bishop.

To find out more about becoming a Catholic and the RCIA/RCIC program, contact your parish priest.

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We are the Catholic Church in the Ballarat Diocese
we gather in the name of Jesus from the Murray to the sea
in interwoven faith communities. Spirit filled
we celebrate and share our journey
reaching out to nurture all God's people.

Diocesan Vision Statement 2005

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PO Box 576
Ballarat, Victoria 3353

Phone +61 3 5337 7111

Where to find us

Catholic Diocese of Ballarat
5 Lyons Street South
Ballarat, Victoria 3353