Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) & Adult Formation

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a process for adult individuals who are seeking to become members of the Catholic faith. This process primarily fosters a personal faith relationship between the candidates and Jesus Christ, and ultimately through conversion of the individual to the Catholic faith.

St Margaret's RC Memorial Church is a "catechetical centre" where candidates and catechumens are welcomed from the parish and other parishes in the deanery of the Archdiocese of St. Andrews & Edinburgh to RCIA. The RCIA program meetings start in early September on a Monday evening in St. Margaret's Crypt starting at 7pm until 8-30pm. The meetings extend through to Pentecost Sunday (usually mid-May of the following year).

The Christian life can be conceived as having four "dimensions" or "pillars" which form the structure of the "Catechism of the Catholic Church" and is the content of Christian life. The four pillars are:-

  • The Profession of Faith
  • The Sacraments
  • Christian Morality
  • Christian Prayer

These pillars are presented by Powerpoint presentation, relevant books and discussions.This model ensures the important dimensions of faith are represented in the holistic formation of the candidate to lead a Christ-centred life in the Church. The faith formation process is presented as a" journey of conversion" with a series of steps and liturgical rites or "gateways" which gives ongoing impetus of conversion to Christ.

Adult Formation

The Adult Formation part of the program is open also to adult individuals who are already Catholics and wish to develop their faith. The elements of this program are:-

  • Sacramental Catechesis
  • Short course on the Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • Short courses on Scripture
  • Parish retreats


The RCIA and Adult Formation programs are led by St. Margaret's Parish Catechist - George Toal MA M.Ed. BA (Hons) Psy. Dip.Th.

Further Information

If you are seeking further information on the RCIA program, here are some links:-