Cathedral Church of St Mary Newcastle upon Tyne


RCIA at St Mary's Cathedral

The Cathedral Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), or Journey in Faith sessions take place each week on Tuesday evenings in the Cloister. If you would like to become a Catholic, or find out more about the Catholic Church, we would be delighted to welcome you to these evenings. More information from the Cathedral Office.



On Sunday March 5th at St Mary’s Cathedral the Rite of Election for our diocese took place.

Biishop Seamus welcomed the "Elect" - those chosen to become Catholics at Easter - and they signed their name in the Book of the Elect and were prayed for by the diocese.

Hundreds of people from all over the diocese gathered for this inspiring Rite in the Cathedral. Uplifting music was provided by the Diocesan Music Group and thoughtful and helpful artwork was provided by students from St Joseph's and St Anthony's Schools.

Listen to homily by Bishop Seamus:


On the previous Sunday at the 10.00am Mass our elect were welcomed and prayed for by the congregation.

The candiidates and catechumens who will be becoming Catholics at Easter take part in a Rite prior to the Rite of Election

Our candidates and catechumens with their sponsors and catechists and Fr Dermott

(Note to Cathedral RCIA group - if any of the RCIA group would liike copies of these photos emailed then please contact with your name)



On Sunday 27th November 2016, the First Sunday of Advent, we celebrated the Rite of Acceptance during the 10.00am Mass. This short ceremony marked the first stage in the Journey of Faith for the Enquirers who have been attending RCIA since September. During it they declared their intention to prepare seriously to become members of the Church at Easter and the Church, in turn, accepted them as Catechumens and committed to walking with them on their journey.

During the Rite of Acceptance into the Catechumenate the Enquirers are welcomed and signed with the Sign of the Cross by the Celebrant and by their sponsors during the 10.00am Mass.