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Each year, adults inquire about the Catholic faith for many different reasons.
Some wish to become Catholic because their spouse and children are Catholic and they
desire to share the faith experience of their family.
Some have had a conscious or unconscious hunger for something more meaningful in
their life and feel the Catholic faith can help fill that hunger.
Some people feel that the sacramental rituals of the faith give them a sense of meaning
in their life.
Whatever the reason, we highly encourage anyone who has ever thought about the Catholic
faith to, as Jesus told his apostles, "Come and see." Our process is called The
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and we invite anyone interested to
"come and see." This is a process that looks at Catholic beliefs and rituals. There
is no fee and there is no force to become Catholic. If at any time during the process
a person feels they are not ready or feel God may be calling them to something else,
we respect that decision and try to help them come to an understanding of God's call
for them and what church best fits their spirituality.
Outline and Timetablefor becoming Catholic
Period of Evangelization and Pre-Catechumenate:
This is a time, of no fixed duration or structure, for inquire and introduction to
Gospel values and an opportunity for the beginnings of faith.
Rite of Welcome and Acceptance into the Order of Catechumenate:
This is the liturgical rite, usually celebrated on some annual date(s), marking the
beginning of the catechumenate proper, as the candidates express and the Church accepts
their intention to respond to God's call to follow the way of Christ.
Period of Catechumenate:
This is the time, in duration corresponding to the progress of the individual, for
the nurturing and growth of the catechumen's faith and conversion to God; celebrations
of the word of prayers of exorcism and blessings are meant to assist the process.
The Rite of Election:
This is the liturgical rite, usually celebrated on the First Sunday of Lent, by which
the Church formally ratifies the catechumen's readiness for the sacraments of initiation
and the catechumens, now called the elect, express the will to receive these sacraments.
Period of Purification and Enlightenment:
This is the time immediately preceding the elect's initiation, usually the Lenten
season preceding the celebration of their initiation at the Easter Vigil. It is a
time of reflection, intensely centered on conversion, marked by the celebration of
the scrutinies and presentations and of the preparation rites on Holy Saturday.
Celebration of the Sacrament of Initiation:
This is the liturgical rite, usually integrated into the Easter Vigil, by which the
elect are initiated through Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist.
Period of Mystagogy or Post-Baptismal Catechesis:
This is the time, usually the Easter season, following the celebration of initiation,
during which the newly initiated experience being fully a part of the Christian community.
This by means of pertinent catechesis and particularly by participation with all
the faithful in the Sunday Eucharistic celebration.
Each candidate in the process will be paired up with a sponsor, who acts as a companion
on the journey and is already a practicing Catholic. This sponsor walks through the
process with the candidate to encourage and support them. It is amazing how many
sponsors even say they learn so much from the sessions!
I invite you to take some time to seriously reflect whether there is someone you
know whom God is calling to the RCIA process this year. Please invite them to call
the parish office at (419)-547-9687 of email Sister Regina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, this is a time commitment. It is a commitment to the process, but more importantly
a time commitment and a life commitment to God.