The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

Sacraments of Initiation for Adults


Those wishing to become Catholics – whether from another Christian tradition, or from outside the Faith – are invited to approach their local parish priest who will be able to advise on how sacramental preparation is organised in their parish.


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Photograph of wooden rosary beads

All parishes follow a path of preparation known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), leading individuals towards reception into the Church at Easter. Just as is the case for children and young people, there are four sacraments of initiation for adults  – Baptism, Reconciliation and Confirmation, culminating in reception of the Eucharist. For those already validly Baptised, the process of preparation is adapted so that they may be received into full communion with the Catholic church.

You might be interested in the following books:

  • Why We’re Catholic: Our Reasons for Faith, Hope, and Love, by Trent Horn, Catholic Answers Press, 2017
  • Catholic Foundation Stones: Exploring the Basics of the Faith, by John Wilson and Andrew Allman, St. Paul’s Publishing, 2018
  • Faith Matters: Foundations of Faith, by Richard Finn et al, St. Paul’s Publishing, 2010

A new diocesan RCIA resource (for catechists preparing adults to be received into the Catholic Faith) can be found here.