The Archdiocese of Birmingham - The Parish of the Immaculate Conception

Seekers (RCIA) Programme

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, or “Seekers” as it is known in the parish is, as the name suggests, is a programme intended for adults who may wish to become Catholics or who would like to know more about Roman Catholicism. It also caters for existing Catholics who may want to know more about and deepen their own faith. The programme consists of a series of weekly talks, lasting about one hour, held on Tuesday evening in The John Paul II Centre and running from November to the April of the following year. The evening concludes with a question and answer session on the subject discussed that evening or on any matter of interest to the enquirers – those attending the course. The programme gives a basic overview of Catholic beliefs and the teachings of the Catholic Church. Subjects include the life and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ, the role of Mary on the Catholic faith, the Sacraments of the Church, the role of the laity. The programme continues after Easter with subjects such as: the structure and authority of the Church, sacramentals, the layout of the Roman Missal and how Bible references work. There is no charge for the course. The programme is geared to the eventual reception through the Sacraments of Baptism (if the person has not already been baptised), Confirmation and Holy Communion, of those wishing to become Catholics at the Easter Vigil. There is, however, no obligation for or pressure placed on anyone attending the course to become a Catholic at its end. Anyone is free to say no or to walk away at any time – no questions asked and with no follow up from the RCIA team. People attend the course for a variety of reasons: curiosity, the feeling that there is something deeper to life, or just because they are married to a Catholic and their children are going through the sacramental programme and are starting to ask questions.

Contact: Ron Weaver – who himself went to the RCIA programme and was received into the Catholic Church more years ago than he likes to remember.

Programme 2016/2017

  • 10 January 2017         Introduction &The Search for happiness
  • 17 January 2017         Does God exist ?
  • 24 January 2017        Who is Jesus Christ
  • 31 January 2017         The Holy Spirit in our lives
  •  7 February 2017         Why do we need the Church ?
  • 14 February 2017        Half Term ~ no meeting
  • 21 February 20 17        Can we trust the Bible and the Christian Tradition
  • 28 February 2017        The Gift of Faith
  •   5 March 2017        Sunday – Rite of Election
  • 7 March 2017          The Power of Prayer
  • 14 March 2017        Sunday – Prayers for the Elect (First Scrutiny)
  • 21 March 2017        The Meaning of Love
  • 26 March 20 17        Sunday – Prayers for the Elect (Second Scrutiny)
  • 28 March 2017        How do I discover the purpose of my life ?
  •  2 April 2017         Sunday – Prayers for the Elect (Third Scrutiny)
  •  4 April 2017         History of the Church; Liturgical Year;  Parable of the Weeds; using a Missal & Bible
  • 11 April 2017*       (Holy Week) Practice & Tour of the church

*  NB this week falls within school holidays