“Come and See.” – John 1:39
- What is the meaning of life?
- Is there life after death?
- Do you desire for something more?
- Why the Catholic faith?
Perhaps you have felt a stirring in your hearts for some time now. If you have answered yes to any of the questions, we invite you to journey with us to ponder and explore the deeper questions of life.
Wherever you are in your journey, we welcome you here.
God continually calls us into a relationship with Him. This journey begins through baptism and lasts throughout our lives. One common way of being in communion with the Catholic Church is through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Adults (17 years old and above) who are interested in discovering more about the Catholic Faith or/and have a desire to begin their journeys with Christ and prepare for Baptism, are invited to join us in our RCIA programme.
Our enquiry session is a non-committal platform for you to learn more about the faith before moving into the Catechumenate. This will be a chance for you to ask questions and learn the basic Gospel of Jesus.
Once an enquirer enters into the catechumenate, (s)he commits towards preparing for Baptism.
NEXT RCIA CYCLE
Sessions on Thursdays.
Time & Location: 8pm to 10pm, St Clare Hall.
|May 2019||30 May 2019|
|June 2019||13 Jun 2019|
|20 Jun 2019|
|27 Jun 2019|
|July 2019||4 Jul 2019|
|11 Jul 2019|
|18 Jul 2019|
Ongoing Enquiry Sessions
Last Thursday of the month.
Time & Location: 8pm, Rooms 3 and 4
|Month||Pre-Catechumenate||Time and Location|
|August 2019||29 Aug 2019||8pm, Rooms 3 and 4|
|September 2019||26 Sep 2019||8pm, Rooms 3 and 4|
|October 2019||31 Oct 2019||8pm, Rooms 3 and 4|
|November 2019||28 Nov 2019||8pm, Rooms 3 and 4|
|January 2020||30 Jan 2020||8pm, Rooms 3 and 4|
|February 2020||27 Feb 2020||8pm, Rooms 3 and 4|
|March 2020||26 Mar 2020||8pm, Rooms 3 and 4|
|April 2020||30 Apr 2020||8pm, Rooms 3 and 4|
English RCIA Coordinator
Mandarin RCIA Coordinator
During this period, teaching is given to people who are interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith. The sessions cover basic information about the Faith and provides an avenue for initial conversion. There is no obligation involved in attending these meetings—they are intended to help a person decide whether they want to continue learning about the Faith. Attendees at this stage are known as Enquirers.
During this period, Enquirers who have adequately discerned that they would like to enter fully into becoming a Christian within the Catholic Church will go through the Rites of Acceptance and are then known as Catechumens.
A Catechumen (from Latin catechumenus, Greek κατηχουμενος , instructed) is one receiving instruction in the principles of the Christian religion with a view to baptism. It is for this reason that those who are already validly baptized in another Christian Faith are not known as Catechumens, but rather Candidates.
During this period, both Candidates and Catechumens are given suitable pastoral formation and teachings in the Catholic faith. This sessions are essentials and do require participants to attend regular sessions up till a period where the catechumen is ready to enter into Baptism.
Using a life-skills approach, participants take responsibility for their own learning, share what they know, ask questions when they do not understand, and decide for themselves whether they are ready to accept Christ.
During a usual session, we look at:
- the things happening in our lives and in the world,
- the teachings in the Bible in relation to those happenings, and
- what is our role and how do we live out our faith in that situation.
The handbook that we use, Growing in Faith Together (GIFT), also covers all essential topics of the Catholic faith such as the creed and the sacraments, and includes salvation history, prayer, and discipleship.
Catechumens, who are ready for Baptism, will enter into this period (usually during Lent), which is intended to be a period of increased introspection and coming closer to God. By this stage, they are known as the Elect.
The aim of this period is to eliminate what is weak and sinful, and affirm what is holy. During this period the Elect undertake a number of Rites, including the Scrutinies and Presentations. Candidates (i.e. baptized in non-Catholic ecclesial communities) meanwhile prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This period leads up to the Sacrament of Baptism!
The newly Baptized are now known as Neophytes. The parish of St Mary of the Angels will continue to journey with you during this period to deepen your Christian faith and enable you to fully assimilate into the parish community. This period is essential to allow the newly baptized to continue to grow in faith through ongoing conversion and responding to the universal call to holiness. Mystagogia is primarily concerned with the art of being led into the Mysteries present within the Liturgy and Sacraments
Those between 7 to 15 years old intending to go through Baptism, would be required to go through Children Baptism. This is separate from and not to be confused with the RCIA programme. Children under this category will not be required to go through the above mentioned journey and can be scheduled to be immediately Baptized, granted that at least one parent or legal guardian is Catholic. Children in this age bracket will continue with our parish Catechism Programme following their Baptism to continue to develop their faith journeys together with their Parent(s).
Those below 7 years old also do not require to go through the RCIA programme and can be scheduled to be immediately Baptized, granted that at least one parent or legal guardian in Catholic. Children and Infants in this age bracket will continue to grow in faith under the care of their parents until they reach the age of 7 years where they join the rest of the parish in attending our Catechism Programme.
For more details on Children and Infant Baptism, please refer to our page on Children and Infant Baptism.
For more details on our Catechism Programme, please refer to our page on Catechism.