Becoming a Catholic

The RCIA Programme

Each year a number of people join the Catholic Church in our parish through the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) programme.

The RCIA course begins shortly after Easter each year, and the group meets twice a month on Wednesday evenings. Some of those who follow the course will be received into the Catholic Church at Easter in the following year, others may take longer to reach a firm decision for themselves, and all are welcome to join the course on a "no commitment" basis.

The RCIA course is open to adults who have never been baptised, or who have been baptised in another Christian Church. It may also be suitable for adult Catholics who have been baptised but not yet confirmed.

Please make initial enquiries to Fr Graham at the Presbytery (01702 465720 or by email).

Interested in the Catholic Church but not living in Southend?

Try the national Catholic enquiries website at or ask at your nearest Catholic Church.