What Is RCIA

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Published on June 28, 2009

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RCIA – what is it, why is it important, what is the structure of the process, who’s involved, what is the time of initiation

RCIA – what is it, why is it important, what is the structure of the process, who’s involved, what is the time of initiation What is RCIA? June 28, 2009

What is RCIA? Why is RCIA important? What is the structure of the RCIA process? Who is involved in RCIA? Time of initiation Overview June 28, 2009 Before we begin, please join me in prayer

What is RCIA?

Why is RCIA important?

What is the structure of the RCIA process?

Who is involved in RCIA?

Time of initiation

Prayer “ Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” (Rev 3:20) June 28, 2009 Almighty God, grant that we may hear your voice and respond faithfully to your call with an open heart. Amen.

“ Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” (Rev 3:20)

Almighty God, grant that we may hear your voice and respond faithfully to your call with an open heart. Amen.

What is RCIA? RCIA stands for “Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults” The Second Vatican Council prescribed a revision of the rite of baptism of adults Christian initiation of adults is… Divided into several steps Intended as “a period of well-suited instruction” Sanctified by liturgical rites to be celebrated at successive intervals of time June 28, 2009

RCIA stands for “Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults”

The Second Vatican Council prescribed a revision of the rite of baptism of adults

Christian initiation of adults is…

Divided into several steps

Intended as “a period of well-suited instruction”

Sanctified by liturgical rites to be celebrated at successive intervals of time

What is RCIA? Endorsed by the ancient practice of the Church Designed for the preparation of a group of candidates, but can be adapted by pastors for one person June 28, 2009

Endorsed by the ancient practice of the Church

Designed for the preparation of a group of candidates, but can be adapted

What is RCIA? Contains usual rites and those for special circumstances, to include optional rites and combined rites RCIA is a “gradual process that takes place within the community of the faithful” June 28, 2009

Contains usual rites and those for special circumstances, to include optional rites and combined rites

RCIA is a “gradual process that takes place within the community of the faithful”

Why is RCIA important? Baptism incorporates us into Christ and forms us into God’s people, it is the door to life and to the kingdom of God “ Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” ( Matt 28:19 ) The Church believes that it is its most basic and necessary duty to inspire ALL to be baptized June 28, 2009

Baptism incorporates us into Christ and forms us into God’s people, it is the door to life and to the kingdom of God

“ Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” ( Matt 28:19 )

The Church believes that it is its most basic and necessary duty to inspire ALL to be baptized

What is the structure of the RCIA process? June 28, 2009 Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults First hearing of the Gospel Beginning of faith Stirrings of repentance Practice of Prayer Sense of Church Evangelization Formed by Word Community Liturgy Mission Kindly Dismissed Faith Formation/ Catechesis Spiritual Formation Intensified Prayer Fasting Almsgiving Prayer & Discernment Post-baptismal Catechesis Easter Season liturgies Homilies Special place in the assembly General Intercessions Participation in parish ministries On-going Formation

First hearing of the Gospel

Beginning of faith

Stirrings of repentance

Practice of Prayer

Sense of Church

Formed by

Word

Community

Liturgy

Mission

Kindly Dismissed

Spiritual Formation Intensified

Prayer

Fasting

Almsgiving

Post-baptismal Catechesis

Easter Season liturgies

Homilies

Special place in the assembly

General Intercessions

Participation in parish ministries

Who is involved in RCIA? Inquirers seeking Christ – non-baptized adults, or previously baptized Christian adults from non-Catholic Christian communities, or adult Catholics who are not fully catechized (educated in the faith) All the baptized -- Initiation of adults is the responsibility of ALL the baptized—to give help to those who are seeking Christ June 28, 2009

Inquirers seeking Christ – non-baptized adults, or previously baptized Christian adults from non-Catholic Christian communities, or adult Catholics who are not fully catechized (educated in the faith)

All the baptized -- Initiation of adults is the responsibility of ALL the baptized—to give help to those who are seeking Christ

Who is involved in RCIA? Sponsor – accompanies any candidate seeking admission as a catechumen Sponsors are persons who have known and assisted the candidates Stand as witnesses to the candidates’ moral character, faith, and intention for rite of acceptance and period of catechumenate June 28, 2009

Sponsor – accompanies any candidate seeking admission as a catechumen

Sponsors are persons who have known and assisted the candidates

Stand as witnesses to the candidates’ moral character, faith, and intention for rite of acceptance and period of catechumenate

Who is involved in RCIA? Godparent(s) – may be different person from sponsor for rite of acceptance and period of catechumenate Accompanies the candidate on the day of election, at the celebration of the sacraments of initiation, and during the post-baptismal catechesis (mystagogy) June 28, 2009

Godparent(s) – may be different person from sponsor for rite of acceptance and period of catechumenate

Accompanies the candidate on the day of election, at the celebration of the sacraments of initiation, and during the post-baptismal catechesis (mystagogy)

Who is involved in RCIA? Godparent(s) continued… Chosen by the candidate before election, on the basis of example, good qualities and friendship, delegated by the local Christian community, and approved by the priest June 28, 2009

Godparent(s) continued…

Chosen by the candidate before election, on the basis of example, good qualities and friendship, delegated by the local Christian community, and approved by the priest

Who is involved in RCIA? Godparent(s) continued… Responsibility of the godparents Show the candidates how to practice the Gospel in personal and social life Sustain the candidates in moment of hesitancy and anxiety Bear witness and guide the candidates’ progress in the baptismal life June 28, 2009

Godparent(s) continued…

Responsibility of the godparents

Show the candidates how to practice the Gospel in personal and social life

Sustain the candidates in moment of hesitancy and anxiety

Bear witness and guide the candidates’ progress in the baptismal life

Who is involved in RCIA? Bishop - in person or through delegates Provides pastoral formation for catechumens and admits the candidates for election and sacraments Priests - minister of baptism, confirmation, & Eucharist; also attends to the pastoral and personal care of the catechumens Provide instruction for the catechumens Approves the choice of godparents June 28, 2009

Bishop - in person or through delegates

Provides pastoral formation for catechumens and admits the candidates for election and sacraments

Priests - minister of baptism, confirmation, & Eucharist; also attends to the pastoral and personal care of the catechumens

Provide instruction for the catechumens

Approves the choice of godparents

Who is involved in RCIA? Deacons – assist in the ministry and instruction to catechumens Catechists – help others to believe in Christ Active part in the rites, whenever possible When deputed by the bishop, perform minor exorcisms and blessings contained in the ritual Provide instruction in the faith, filled with the spirit of the Gospel June 28, 2009

Deacons – assist in the ministry and instruction to catechumens

Catechists – help others to believe in Christ

Active part in the rites, whenever possible

When deputed by the bishop, perform minor exorcisms and blessings contained in the ritual

Provide instruction in the faith, filled with the spirit of the Gospel

Time of Initiation General rule - sacraments are celebrated at the Easter Vigil; rite of election on the First Sunday of Lent Pastoral needs – can be arranged differently June 28, 2009

General rule - sacraments are celebrated at the Easter Vigil; rite of election on the First Sunday of Lent

Pastoral needs – can be arranged differently

Time of Initiation Rite of Acceptance into the order of catechumens Not to be celebrated too early Delayed until candidate has had sufficient time to conceive an initial faith and to show the first signs of conversion Should be delayed until group is formed that is sufficiently large for catechesis and liturgical rites June 28, 2009

Rite of Acceptance into the order of catechumens

Not to be celebrated too early

Delayed until candidate has had sufficient time to conceive an initial faith and to show the first signs of conversion

Should be delayed until group is formed that is sufficiently large for catechesis and liturgical rites

Time of Initiation Rite of Acceptance (cont.) Two or three dates of the year are to be fixed as the usual times for this rite Rite of Election – generally celebrated on First Sunday of Lent, or other times for pastoral reasons Scrutinies – on 3 rd , 4 th , and 5 th Sundays of Lent, or other Sundays of Lent or weekdays if necessary June 28, 2009

Rite of Acceptance (cont.)

Two or three dates of the year are to be fixed as the usual times for this rite

Rite of Election – generally celebrated on First Sunday of Lent, or other times for pastoral reasons

Scrutinies – on 3 rd , 4 th , and 5 th Sundays of Lent, or other Sundays of Lent or weekdays if necessary

Time of Initiation Presentations – by ancient usage, take place after the scrutinies, celebrated during the week Creed – week after 1 st scrutiny Lord’s Prayer – week after 3 rd scrutiny May be transferred for pastoral reasons Holy Saturday – elect refrain from work and spend time in recollection Various rites, recitation of Creed, ephphetha rite, choosing of Christian name June 28, 2009

Presentations – by ancient usage, take place after the scrutinies, celebrated during the week

Creed – week after 1 st scrutiny

Lord’s Prayer – week after 3 rd scrutiny

May be transferred for pastoral reasons

Holy Saturday – elect refrain from work and spend time in recollection

Various rites, recitation of Creed, ephphetha rite, choosing of Christian name

Time of Initiation Sacraments of Initiation – should take place at Easter Vigil; may be transferred to days within Easter octave Confirmation may be postponed until near the end of the post-baptismal catechesis, e.g., Pentecost Sunday Masses for neophytes – celebrated on all Sundays of Easter after Easter Sunday Even if above times are changed, the structure of the entire rite remains the same June 28, 2009

Sacraments of Initiation – should take place at Easter Vigil; may be transferred to days within Easter octave

Confirmation may be postponed until near the end of the post-baptismal catechesis, e.g., Pentecost Sunday

Masses for neophytes – celebrated on all Sundays of Easter after Easter Sunday

Even if above times are changed, the structure of the entire rite remains the same

End with a quote St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (d.1942) June 28, 2009 “ By its own power, [grace] can, at best, come up to his door but never force its way inside…All-merciful love can thus descend to everyone. We believe that it does so ....faith in the unboundedness of divine love and grace also justifies hope for the universality of redemption … ”

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (d.1942)

“ By its own power, [grace] can, at best, come up to his door but never force its way inside…All-merciful love can thus descend to everyone. We believe that it does so ....faith in the unboundedness of divine love and grace also justifies hope for the universality of redemption … ”

End with a quote “ Human freedom can be neither broken nor neutralized by divine freedom, but it may well be, so to speak, outwitted [by grace] . The descent of grace to the human soul is a free act of divine love. And there are no limits to how far [grace] may extend. ” June 28, 2009 St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Carmelite Nun, Doctor of Philosophy, Arrested by the Gestapo and gassed at Auschitz in August 1942 Read more here: http://www.vatican.va/news_services/liturgy/saints/ns_lit_doc_19981011_edith_stein_en.html

“ Human freedom can be neither broken nor neutralized by divine freedom, but it may well be, so to speak, outwitted [by grace] . The descent of grace to the human soul is a free act of divine love. And there are no limits to how far [grace] may extend. ”

Further Study June 28, 2009 Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: Study Edition Liturgical Press, 1988 ISBN:978-0-8146-1593-5 Paper, 378 pp., 7 1/4 x 10 1/2 Price: $29.95 http://www.litpress.org/Detail.aspx?ISBN=0814615937

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