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 some reason, have not received Holy Communion in the Catholic Church.
What is the process
The RCIA is a ritual process, consisting of four distinct time periods and the person's journey into the Catholic faith.
First period: Inquiry
This is a time to ask questions and enter into discussions about our Catholic faith. It is also a time 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. When an inquirer feels led by God to continue their journey with us, they celebrate a rite called the Rite of Acceptance.
Second period: Catechumenate
The catechumenate begins with the Rite of Acceptance. In this period weekly discussions focus on the Scripture readings proclaimed at Mass. Discussion centers on how our lives are shaped by developing a closer relationship with God. The goal is to nurture and grow faith by applying Christ's message to everyday life. It is also during the time that catechesis, special rites, and faith sharing experience a deeper knowledge of the Catholic faith and it's teachings.
Third period: Purification and Enlightenment
This period begins with the Rite of Election, which is celebrated on the First Sunday of Lent. This period is for reflecting 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 reflect on the baptismal promises which will be made or renewed at the Easter Vigil. This is the time when the participants will celebrate the sacraments of initiation--baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist--and are welcomed into full communion with the Catholic Church.
Final period: Mystagogy
This final period covers the fifty days from Easter to Pentecost. At this time, the new members of the Church reflect on the mysteries which they have just celebrated at Easter, their new life in Christ, and how they may more fully participate in the life of the Church.
Interested in knowing more?
Contact Luke in the parish offices or call him at 620-792-1396 if you have any questions.