RCIC / RCIA

What Does RCIA and RCIC Mean?

 

 

Well, somedays, it means the children in our RCIC program take time out from their studies to join Deacon John for a pumpkin carving contest. On those days, church can be more fun than a barrel full of monkeys!!

   But most of the time.....

The letters "RCIA" stand for the "Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults". RCIC is the same, except it's for children.  Vatican II outlined the process by which adults are initiated into our Roman Catholic community. The RCIA describes a process in which men and women are introduced to the Catholic way of life.

RCIA process is a series of carefully planned stages, marked by liturgical rites in the presence of the whole community, in which new Catholics embark on and join us in a continuing and deepening conversion into faith and discipleship.  In our diocese, the RCIA program meets each person in their varying circumstances and sets in motion a curriculm to meet their individual needs.  Those who have never been baptized, have been baptized Catholic and have never completed their sacraments of initiation, and those who have been baptized into other faiths and want to become Catholic all are serviced as they move through the process  and are drawn into deeper relationship with Mother Church.

The road to Rome is by many varied ways.  The first step is an awakening awareness that something is missing from a life lived without Christ through His Church.  Sometimes this is brought about by crisis, but most often by exposure to Catholic coworkers and friends who bear witness to their faith by living lives of fidelity to God’s Word.   This, quite often leads to a “curiosity” or desire to know more.

Inquiry:

During the first period of the journey,  seekers ask hard questions about Christianity and receive truthful, life-sharing answers from Catholic Christians. The informal discussions during the inquiry period help the seekers link their personal life stories to the Good News as witnessed and lived by the Roman Catholic community.

Catechumenate:

The word catechumenate means "time of serious study" .   It is during this time that our licensed, professional teachers present lessons and share experiences of Christian life while  helping to make the catechumens and candidates feel "at home" with Catholic religious practice.

Election:

The catechumenate period ends when a catechumen or candidate is ready to begin the third period of the journey, the period of purification and enlightenment .  This is a time of prayer, fasting and reflection for both catechumens, now known as the Elect, and candidates.   It is during this time that  they will receive their first Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) as further preparation.

                                                             

Initiation Complete:

On Holy Saturday,  when light drives out darkness, joyful sounds fill the silence, and we proclaim and renew our resurrection hope, the Elect culminate their long journey to initiation in the waters of Baptism.   Candidates must waith a few weeks longer before receiving  either, or both, First Holy Commuion and Confirmation with the Confirmation class.  Those being accepted into the Church from other denominations,  will receive the Sacraments at another Mass which will generally be scheduled for the weekend following the Easter Vigil.   

                         

 

                              

 

For more information about these programs, contact Deacon John Del Quadro through the parish office at (928) 758-7117

 

      

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