Joceline Lemaire - 615-777-8909 - firstname.lastname@example.org
“I have called you by name and you are mine.” Isaiah
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process whereby adults prepare for the Sacraments of Initiation (baptism, confirmation, Eucharist) to become full members of the Catholic
Church. The process proceeds in stages and passage from one stage to the next is marked by a Rite, a ceremony that is part of the public prayer (liturgy) of the Church.
The first stage called Inquiry or the Precatechumenate is an informal phase during which inquirers attend sessions to explore their interest and discern if they are called by God to pursue full initiation.
Inquiry sessions at Christ the King occur on Sunday mornings between the two masses, from 10.00 -10:45, in the Parish Center. Several parishioners attend the sessions, welcome inquirers and engage in informal conversation with them aimed to help inquirers discern their acceptance of Christ and their desire for baptism,
or if already baptized, to enter into full communion of the Catholic Church.
When inquirers indicate readiness, a Rite of Acceptance into the Catechumenate for the unbaptized or a Rite of Welcome for the baptized is scheduled. Following that Rite, inquirers enter the second stage,
During the Catechumenate, catechumens (unbaptized) or candidates (baptized) are paired with a sponsor, attend the 8:30 Sunday morning mass and are dismissed after the homily. They proceed with a catechist (teacher/facilitator) to reflect on the three scriptures and the homily that comprise the Liturgy of the Word, the first part of the Mass. When the 8:30 mass is over their sponsors join them for a catechetical session during which traditions and doctrines of the Catholic Church are taught. The session takes place from 9:45-10:45. During the catechumenate all are encouraged to participate in parish activities and ministries as an apprenticeship in the Catholic way of life.
There is no set time frame for the RCIA process. Unbaptized persons are primarily baptized at the Easter Vigil, the highlight of the liturgical year. Baptized persons may be received into full communion
of the Catholic Church at any time based on their own readiness.
Lent is the season of preparation for baptism and renewal of baptismal promises. During Lent adults preparing for baptism enter the third stage of the RCIA, Purification and Enlightenment. This is a time of prayerful reflection and the celebration of preparatory Rites including the Rite of Sending, the Rite of Election, the Scrutinies, and Presentations of the Creed and the Lord's Prayer.
The last phase of RCIA, mystagogy, is a time of reflection on the mysteries (Sacraments) received and their meaning in the life of the new Catholic. Some special gatherings are scheduled to assist this process, which of course continues throughout the life of the new Catholic.
To find out more about the RCIA at Christ the King church, contact Joceline Lemaire at email@example.com or 615-777-8909.