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Becoming Catholic 
The R.C.I.A. (Rites for Christian Initiation of Adults)

All are welcome to join the Catholic Church. The R.C.I.A. is a journey for adults who are seeking faith through the Catholic community. It embodies the recognition that faith and conversion are a gradual process. Please call the Church office for more information,.

How Does one Become a Catholic?

Some people become Catholic gradually. They were baptized as infants, grew up in Catholic homes, received a religious education and gradually shared in the sacraments of the Church. Others came to the Church as adults. Sometimes they were already baptized; sometimes they had already received a religious formation in another faith. They may have been contacted by a Catholic but they probably made the first move by talking to a priest or someone else about the Church. The Church wants to welcome all those who are interested in the Catholic faith. For those who think they might like to become Catholic, the Church has the RCIA. The process of welcoming new members into the Catholic Church is formally called the RCIA or the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

What is the Catechumenate?

The catechumenate is an extended period of instruction, of listening to the Scriptures, of praying, and of observing how Christians actually live their faith. It provides an opportunity for deepening one's one understanding of the Gospel message, for spiritual renewal and for direct contact with members of the local church. The catechumenate includes various rites that are celebrated on the way to full membership in the Catholic Church. These rites mark the spiritual growth of the individual candidates and visibly express the community's concern for them.

How is the Catechumenate Organized?

Each parish has a format for the catechumenate that is appropriate to the local community. There are four distinct periods for this "spiritual journey of adults."

1. PRE-CATECHUMENATE or PERIOD OF EVANGELIZATION

Inquirers are invited to ask questions to hear the Gospel message, and to reflect on the way they can apply it to their own lives. A member of the community, called a "Sponsor," will accompany each inquirer on the journey. At the conclusion of this period, candidates who want to continue on the journey celebrate the entrance into the next period. This "gateway" is THE RITE OF BECOMING A CATECHUMEN.

2. THE CATECHUMENATE or PERIOD OF TEACHING

With the help of the sponsor and members of the community, they learn about the teaching of the Church and grow in faith. The catechumens interact with the faith community, learn about Christian service and participate in the Liturgy of the Word. This period concludes with THE RITE OF ELECTION and usually takes place the first Sunday of Lent. The rite celebrates the call of the catechumen to receive the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil.

3. PURIFICATION & ENLIGHTENMENT

During Lent the parish community joins the "Elect" as they are now called, in their final preparation and continues with them on the journey toward the celebration of Easter. It is a time of conversion. This period focuses on overcoming fears and weaknesses and building strengths through prayer and reflection on religious experiences and faith. The climax occurs at the Easter Vigil with the celebrations of the Sacraments of Initiation. Christians who are already baptized may be formally received into full communion with the Catholic Church at the Easter Liturgy.

4. MYSTAGOGIA

This is a period of 50 days from Easter to Pentecost. It is a time for the new members of "Neophytes" to adjust to their place in the community and deepen their understanding of Jesus' death and resurrection.

How Is the RCIA Different from Past Practices of Receiving Adults into the Church?

It offers a fuller and more intensive preparation. It is a two-way ministry. The parish community ministers to the catechumens by sharing faith with them, by teaching the gospel views on life and by supporting their conversion process. The catechumens minister to the faithful by allowing them to share in their conversion. Thus, all members in the faith community renew their own baptisms.

The prayerful support of the whole parish community is an important part of the Share our Faith process. Everyone is encouraged to extend an invitation to those they feel may be interested and to personally continue to learn more about this process in order to explain it to others. Each of us, everyday of our lives are on a journey of growing in faith. Therefore, all of us are a part of this process which calls us to a deeper understanding and more sincere living of our Catholic faith.

For more information contact the Parish Office.

 

WANTING TO BE A CATHOLIC - The R.C.I.A. (Rites for Christain Initiation of Adults).

All are welcome to join the Catholic Church. The R.C.I.A. is a journey for adults who are seeking faith through the Catholic community. It embodies the recognition that faith and conversion are a gradual process. Please call the Church office for more information.

 


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