Catholic Diocese Jersey

Journey of Faith (R.C.I.A.)

Each year from the autumn until Easter, a Journey of Faith group meets weekly (other than during schools' half term) at Catholic Pastoral Services beside St Thomas' church in St Helier.

The group is open to the following adults who wish to find out more about the Catholic faith with a view to perhaps becoming Catholic:

  • Those who have not been baptised
  • Those who have been baptised in a non-Catholic church
  • Those who have been baptised Catholic, but have received no other Sacraments of Initiation (Confirmation or First Holy Communion)

Prior to joining the group, it is necessary to have a preliminary meeting with one of the Catholic clergy.

The first stage of the Journey of Faith process is a time of enquiry. After Christmas, members of the group are asked to decide whether or not to commit themselves to the second stage during which one becomes either a catechumen or a candidate. A catechumen is someone who has not yet been baptised and who is preparing for baptism, usually at the Easter Vigil. A candidate is someone who has been baptised and who is preparing either to be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church and confirmed (e.g. if that person has been baptised in a non Catholic community) or confirmed (e.g. if that person has already been baptised in the Catholic Church, but has not received any other Sacraments of Initiation). Usually candidates are received and/or confirmed at the Easter Vigil.

For further information, contact Deacon Christopher Walters or by email: c.walters@catholicchurch.org.je