RCIA

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

What is RCIA?

The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a process, better yet, a journey by which people interested in becoming Catholic are exposed to the practices, prayers, and teachings of the Catholic Church and how to apply them to their daily lives.  Although they gather in a group setting, each individual experiences their conversion at a different pace and, if they want, are received into the church when ready.  

Because the RCIA is unique to each individual it starts with a personal meeting between you and the ministry coordinator. We want to get to know you and hear your story! Please contact Lynn Edmonds for an appointment.   

There are 4 distinct periods of reflection and formation (stages) of the RCIA Journey:

 

Stage 1)

We will look at the commission to evangelize that comes from our baptism, the elements of evangelization and its connection to the Christ story, and the various stages of evangelization.  We look at the initial conversion of the inquirer, the importance of sponsorship and what is involved in the process of this first stage of the RCIA.

 

 

 

Stage 2)  

An extended period during which the candidates are given suitable pastoral formation and guidance, aimed at training them in the Christian life—an apprenticeship.  A comprehensive Catechumenate emphasizes a catechesis that flows from celebration of the Word and the teachings of the Church, a deeper participation in the Liturgy, a participation in the life of the community including opportunities for Christian service and outreach, and an opportunities for growth in prayer and spirituality. Most especially the Catechumenate is a period that fosters conversion!

 

 

Stage 3)

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a pilgrimage, a faith journey of growth and change. The period of Purification and Enlightenment, which coincides with Lent, shifts the Elect, and the whole church, into a time of intensified prayer and reflection on the Paschal Mystery (RCIA, no. 138).  As the Elect open their minds and hearts ever more deeply through reflection, prayer, and celebration of the Scrutinies, they better grasp their own need and desire for the repentance of sin which heightens their desire for Baptism.  This period is intended as well to enlighten the minds and hearts of the elect with a deeper knowledge of Christ the Savior (RCIA, no. 139), it is a time the elect crystallizes their understanding of lifelong discipleship.

 

Stage 4)

A period of postbaptismal catechesis or mystagogy should be provided to assist the neophytes and their companions who have completed their Christian Initiation. (RCIA, no. 330).  This catechesis is marked by a new experience of the Sacraments and the Christian community.  Having been renewed by the Spirit, inspired by the Word of God, and nourished by the Eucharist, the neophytes now develop a new sense of Faith, Church, and the World.  Formally Mystagogy may be planned over 6 months to a year but it is an ever moving process for all initiated persons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

For information about the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (and Children) please contact Lynn Edmonds at the parish office 727-821-7989 or ledmonds@st-raphaels.com

RCIA meetings Sunday 10:30-12:30 om Meeting Room B.

 

 

 

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