What is the RCIA?
It is the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. A process for learning about the Catholic faith which follows a model that has it's roots in apostolic times.
Who May Participate?
RCIA is designed for adults who have not been baptized, or have been baptized in another Christian religion and are seeking full communion with the Catholic Church, and for baptized Catholics who for one reason or another, have not received Holy Communion in the Catholic Church.
What is the Process?
The RCIA is actually one rite, consisting of four distinct time periods in the person's journey into the Catholic faith.
The Inquiry Period is a time to ask questions, enter into discussions, and for an individual to discern whether he or she wishes to embrace the Catholic faith. At the end of this period, an individual may decide to complete the process or choose not to continue.
The Catechumenate begins with the Rite of Acceptance. Through catechesis, liturgies, scripture study, and faith sharing, those desiring full initiation will seek a deeper knowledge of the Catholic faith and it's teachings and become more aware of the deep relationship God shares with his people through His Church.
Next the period of Purification and Enlightenment begins with the Rite of Election, which is celebrated on the first Sunday of Lent. This period is for reflection on the life of Christ, and his death and resurrection. It is a time to experience the richness of the season of Lent and to think about the baptismal promises about to be made or renewed at the Easter Vigil. This is the time when participants will receive all of the sacraments necessary for full communion with the Catholic Church.
The final period, Mystagogy, covers the fifty days from Easter to Pentecost. At this time, the new members of the Church can reflect on their new life in Christ and how they may more fully participate in the life of the Church.
Are you interested in knowing more? Contact the Rectory at 609-625-2124.