God 'determined to call together in the holy Church those who believe in Christ'

Lumen Gentium



RCIA or the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the name given to the sacramental process by which people who are searching and exploring their faith in Jesus Christ, enter into full Communion with the Catholic Church. It is a journey in faith supported and encouraged by the whole Christian Community.

Many of our parishes offer the opportunity of joining an RCIA group. If you are searching for God, want to know more about the Catholic faith, or are seeking full Communion with the Catholic Church, please make contact with your local Catholic Parish who will make you very welcome.

RCIA in Shrewsbury Diocese is Coordinated by Father Christopher Matthews supported by the RCIA Core Group, whose members are experienced RCIA Catechists from across the Diocese, and Helen Jones at the Curial Offices.

T: 0151 652 9855 E: rcia@dioceseofshrewsbury.org

Overview of RCIA Dates for 2019 

Bishop’s Retreat Day –  Saturday 23 February 10:30am  – St Joseph’s, Birkenhead

Rite of Election – Sunday 10 March 3pm – Cathedral Church of Our Lady Help of Christians and St Peter, Shrewsbury

Thanksgiving Mass – Saturday 8 June 12noon – venue tbc

Diocesan RCIA Resources:

2019 RCIA Information Pack for Catechists

Letter of Introduction from Father Christopher Matthews

RCIA Booking Form 2019 – word   RCIA Booking Form 2019 – pdf

The booking form for the parish needs to be returned to the Curial Offices by Friday 8 February2019.


Reflection for Catechists and Groups by RCIA National Network

Parish Priests are reminded that they must seek permission from their Ordinary to receive candidates into full Communion with the Church. Click here to download RECEPTION-GUIDELINES and a RECEPTION FACULTY APPLICATION form.

Bishop’s Retreat Day:

Each year Bishop Mark leads a day of recollection for those seeking full Communion with the Catholic Church, for their Godparents or Sponsors and for their Catechists. In 2019 is on 23 February 2018 at St Joseph’s, Birkenhead. Click below for the parish booking form:

RCIA Booking Form 2019 RCIA Booking Form 2019

A Rite of Sending:

Parish communities are encouraged to pray for, and support, those on the RCIA journey. Some parishes choose to formally ‘send’ their catechumens and candidates to the Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion with the Bishop, on the Sunday or the morning before. A Rite of Sending.

Rite of Election:

The Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion is held annually in The Cathedral, the Mother Church of the Diocese, on the First Sunday of Lent. The Rite of Election is for those becoming new members of the church, and the Call to Continuing Conversion is for those who have already been baptised and now seek full Communion with the Catholic Church. Click on the links below for more details:

Invitation to the Rite of Election

Directions to Cathedral

Mass of Thanksgiving:

Reintroduced into the Diocese in 2013, the Mass of Thanksgiving is celebrated by Bishop Mark, who invites all those who have been received into full Communion with the Catholic Church at Easter to gather with him to give thanks.