RCIA – THE RITE OF CHIRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS
Tuesday Evenings at 7:00pm
RCIA provides spiritual and doctrinal formation for those desiring to enter the Catholic Church. Our program is led by Fr. Leonard as we come to together in a small class environment. Through prayer (liturgy), information sessions (catechesis), and fellowship (discipleship), each individual will be provided the opportunity for exploration and inquiries. Throughout the process, we explore the Catholic Faith with the help of our faith filled team of presenters.
Precatechumenate: This is also referred to the “inquiry stage”. You may first contact our parish for a personal interview and inquiry into the process with a Priest or Faith Formation Director.
Catechumenate: This term is applied to those who have never been baptized in the Holy Trinity. Once the individual’s faith journey has begun by attending regular class sessions, the individual then decides to proclaim their readiness to accept the Gospel and to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church.
The period of the Catechumenate can last for a few months or even years.
The word catechumenate has its roots from the Greek word “katechien” meaning “echoing down”. This period is devoted to passing on the faith given to the apostles by Jesus Christ and entrusted to His Church.
Candidates: This term is applied to those who have been baptized in the Catholic faith or other denominations if baptized in the Holy Trinity. This individual may desire to be in full communion with the Catholic Church by receiving the Sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation.
Whether you are a catechumen or candidate, the process begins with various Rites celebrated throughout the year.
- Rite of Acceptance (Catechumen) combined with the Rite of Welcoming (Candidate) is held during the first few months. Individuals publicly declare their intention to continue the journeying toward full communion with the Catholic Church.
- Rite of Sending comes toward the end of the journey. This Rite celebrates the spiritual progress the catechumens and candidates have made and it is an outward sign of their desire to go forth to the Bishop indicating the readiness to fully enter the Catholic Church.
- Rite of Election & Call to Continued Conversion is historically held the first Sunday of Lent. The Bishop (Gerald Barbarito) welcomes those to the Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola those sent by St. Joseph to gather with their sponsor. Those participating in this Rite announce they are ready to celebrate the Easter Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil.
- Scrutinies are celebrated on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Sundays of Lent for those who are preparing for the Sacrament of Baptism.
- Rite of Reception & Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation is celebrated the evening of the Easter Vigil. The Elect are baptized and are joined by the Candidates seeking full reception into the Catholic Church. Individuals are sealed with the Holy Spirit in Confirmation and welcomed to the Table of our Lord with Eucharist for the first time in Holy Communion.
- Mystagogy literally means “a deepening of the mysteries”. It is a time for continued spiritual growth and entering more fully into the life and unity of the Catholic community.