According to the Code of Canon Law, parents have a responsibility to educate their children (Can 1055 no 1). Education not only includes regular schooling but also educating children in the basics of the Catholic faith. Unless children are brought up in the faith, then they will easily grow distant to it and lapse. The Church offers assistance to parents and to schools, as well as to individuals who are seeking to further and to deepen their knowledge of the Catholic faith with several Christian formation programmes:
First Communion classes
First Communion classes …………………
Confirmation classes are held every second year. The next course commences in September 2013.
The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) if for those who have never been baptized or for those who were baptized into a non-Catholic Church who wish to become full members of the Catholic Church. It is also for those adult Catholics who were never confirmed (‘lapsed’ Catholics): it is the best way to proceed to the final Sacrament of Initiation.
Meetings are held on Monday evenings at 7pm in the presbytery (59 Burgate) where you will find a certain amount of class work as well as active discussions as to what the Catholic faith is all about. Attending classes does not mean you are obligated to undergo baptism and confirmation, since that decision to proceed is yours. Rather it is an opportunity to learn. What is on offer is an introduction to the beliefs, the customs, the practices, and devotions of Catholicism.
Timothy Radcliffe, Take the Plunge: Living Baptism and Confirmation (London: Bloomsbury Continuum, 2012). ISBN 978-1441118486
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (Chicago: Archdiocese of Chicage Liturgy Training Publications, 1992). ISBN 9780930467944. While this is a US publication, this study guide is an excellent resource for the serious minded catechumen.
Various courses offered at local and diocesan levels.