RCIA 2012-13 Schedule
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Rites of Acceptance
TBA

Rite of Election
February 16, 2013


What is RCIA ?
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Participants Info Form
And Prayer Intentions
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RCIA 2012-13 Schedule
Click here

Rites of Acceptance
TBA

Rite of Election
February 16, 2013


What is RCIA ?
Click here


Participants Info Form
And Prayer Intentions
Click Here


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RCIA Stages
 

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a faith journey which consists of four distinct stages:

  • Stage 1: Inquiry (Pre-Catechumenate)
                 Schedule

  • Stage 2: Catechumenant
                 Schedule

  • Stage 3: Purification and Enlightenment
                 Schedule

  • Stage 4: Mystagogy + Neophyte Year
                 Schedule

 
 

 
Stage 1: Inquiry (Pre-Catechumenate)  

This is the time when someone who feels drawn to the expression of Christian values begins to formally ask questions of the faith community:

What do Catholics believe? 
 Are there good reasons to believe?
Who is God?
How is God active in my life?
What are the sacraments?

This period may last only a few months or a number of years. Sometimes inquirers realize that they are not ready or willing to belong to the Christian community. They leave with the blessing of their companions and catechists as they continue to discern.

Others find that they are attracted to our way of life and are drawn to the person of Christ. Like the disciples of old, they wish to follow Jesus and move to the next stage of the journey, which is known as the Catechumenate. 

 

Ongoing inquiry sessions for those thinking about joining the Catholic Church are offered by our parish community.

These are informal sessions that provide opportunities for the inquirer to ask her/his questions about the Catholic faith. A team of staff and volunteers from the parish community, along with other inquirers, are ready and willing to explore these questions with you. Drop-ins are always welcome.

 
Inquiry Schedule

 
 
 
Stage 2: Catechumenate

This stage begins with the Rite of Acceptance. Those who enter this stage are claimed for Christ and marked with the sign of the cross. They are then called catechumens if they are unbaptized, or candidates if they have already been baptized in another tradition.

This period of the RCIA is a time for the catechumens and candidates to deepen in faith and commitment to Christ. Although they are not yet able to share at the table of the Eucharist, they participate in the Liturgy of the Word each Sunday.

This stage of the RCIA includes formal sessions on Catholic teaching and practice and is an opportunity for the individual to grow in prayer and to mature in faith.

With the support of community members, parish companions, godparents and catechists, the catechumens and candidates steadily conform their lives to Gospel values. They continue to deepen their relationship with Christ, and when they, with the guidance of their catechists, discern that they are ready, enter into the next stage of the catechumenate called Purification and Enlightenment.

Catechumenate Schedule
 

 
 
Stage 3: Purification and Enlightenment
 

This stage begins on the first Sunday of Lent with the Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion. In local parishes, catechumens inscribe their name in a book which is presented to the Bishop in a ceremony at the cathedral later that day.

At the Rite of Election, the Bishop elects (chooses) the catechumens in the name of Christ to receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist at Easter. The Bishop also calls (exhorts) the candidates to continue growing in their faith as they prepare for Confirmation and Eucharist.

The next 40 days are intensive days of preparation to receive the sacraments at Easter. The local community accompanies the Elect (unbaptized) and Candidates (already baptized) by participating in the Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Special rites of interior searching, known as the scrutinies, are celebrated with the elect and candidates. These take place on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Sundays of Lent.

This period of the RCIA culminates at the Easter Vigil with baptism for those who are unbaptized, a profession of faith for those who are baptized, confirmation, and the reception of Eucharist. This completes the third stage of the journey.

Purification and Enlightenment Schedule
 

 
 
 
Stage 4: Mystagogia

This final phase of the RCIA finds the Neophytes rejoicing in their awareness of God’s presence in them and around them. Now, instead of leaving after the homily, they remain with the community to pray and eat at the banquet of the Eucharist as fully initiated members of our faith community.

The neophytes meet during the Easter season, then once a month through the next year. They share prayer and community with one another as they become more integrated into the faith community of the parish and the larger Church. They take time together to discover their gifts and talents, their continuing call to grow in the love of God and participation in building the reign of God.

Neophyte Schedule
 

 



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