RCIA

 

UNBAPTIZED? OR BAPTIZED & DESIRING COMPLETION OF THE  SACRAMENTS?
Christian InitiationAre you a baptized Catholic or Christian from another faith background wanting to complete your 1st Communion and Confirmation?  Or, are you 16 years of age or older & un-baptized? Have you ever wanted to learn more about the Catholic faith or thought about becoming Catholic? If so, please call the rectory at 922-5826 or fill our the application and bring it by the office.

Download RCIA Application Form Here.

 
 The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (SeeHoly Communion link for Children)Our Sunday liturgical celebration and worship is the focal point of our Catholic faith. But we must do more to be considered practicing and witnessing Catholics. Each day calls us to live our faith fully.

 Are you aware that each day everyone is called to conversion? Even long-time Catholics have an ongoing responsibility

  • To regularly examine their relationship to God, others, and themselves, and

  • To pray for the grace to improve these relationships

  • To know the Catholic faith by being knowledgeable in the faith

  • To talk about the way the Lord touches your life

  • To take the initiative to invite alienated Catholics to return to the church

In the past it was not Catholic custom to talk about personal prayer life or faith experiences. Today we believe that others can more readily know the Lord when we openly discuss our faith. Our Lord himself had this to say about sharing our faith: "No one after ligting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lamp stand, and it gives light to all. Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works." Matthew 5:15-16

What really is RCIA? It stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, the process by which adults ordinarily become full-fledged Catholics. It is primarily a process, but one that is filled with rites, ceremonies, and celebrations with prescribed words and focus. Reception of the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist ordinarily occurs during Easter Vigil.

RCIA is not a new concept. Rather it is the method by which people came into the Church in the first centuries. Vatican II restored this ancient practice because the church is a community of believers, and it is through sharing and praying together that Catholics find a way to live out their faith lives.

Basic concepts of RCIA:

  • Conversion is a process

  • Becoming Catholic is coming into a community of believers

  • RCIA takes place in an experience of community

  • RCIA stages are celebrated in community with appropriate liturgical rites.

  • RCIA follows the liturgical seasons through a lectionary-based approach

RCIA involves four stages:

  1. Inquiry

  2. Catechumenate

  3. Enlightenment/Purification

  4. Mystagogy

Inquiry Stage

  • During the Inquiry stage, people get acquainted and get answers to their questions.

  • People in this phase are called "Inquirers"

Catechumenate Stage

  • During the Catechumenate stage, formal instruction in the Catholic faith takes place

  • Catechumens are those who are not Baptized

  • Candidates are those who are Baptized

Enlightenment and Purification Stage

  • Coincides with the Lenten season

  • Time of prayer, spiritual renewal, reconciliation, celebreation of scrutinies

Mystagogy Stage

  • Now in full communion with the Catholic Church people enter more deeply into the Paschal mystery by examining the Scripture readings for the Sunday

  • Neophytes (new Catholics) are encouraged to become actively involved in specific ministries in parish life.

Rites provide a transition between each of the stages. There are three Rites:

  • Rite of Acceptance

  • Rite of Election

  • Rite of Initiation

The ultimate RCIA goal: develop a personal relationship with Jesus, witness to Him and serve others