Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

Interview and Registration Form

Period of Inquiry
RCIA / InquiryIn the late summer or early fall, we begin the first stage of RCIA - the period of inquiry, also known as the pre-catechumenate. This phase lasts about six to ten weeks. This is a time of introduction to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and a time of reflection on one’s own life in light of the values of the reign of God. It is an unstructured time of no fixed duration, an opportunity to ask questions and to allow the beginnings of Christian faith to form.
  • Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens. In this liturgical rite (usually celebrated in late fall, during the 9:00 a.m. Mass), those who wish to become catechumens publicly express their desire to follow the way of Jesus. The people of Saint Monica accept their intention and welcome them into the household of faith as catechumens.
Period of the Catechumenate
The second phase lasts from three to six months. Along with the whole community, catechumens celebrate the Liturgy of the Word at Mass each Sunday. After the homily, the catechumens and members of the RCIA team (catechists) continue to study and ponder the scriptures and the teachings of the Church. During this time, catechumens receive anointings, participate in prayers of exorcism and blessing, and take part in the mission of the Church to the world. Through prayer, learning and coming to know other Catholic Christians, catechumens discover the love and power of God in their lives and in the Church.
  • Election or Enrollment of Names. At this liturgical rite, usually celebrated during the first week of Lent at St. James Cathedral, the Archbishop formally acknowledges the readiness of the catechumens and calls them to the sacraments of initiation. The catechumens respond by expressing their desire for these sacraments. From this time until they are baptized, they are called the elect.
Period of Purification and Enlightenment
On the first Sunday of Lent, the catechumens begin the third stage, which ends at Easter Vigil when the sacraments of initiation are celebrated. During this period, the elect and the parish community together focus on conversion, scrutinize their lives in light of the Gospel and celebrate the presentations of the Creed and Lord’s Prayer.
  • Sacraments of Initiation. The elect become full members of the Body of Christ, the Church, through the celebration of the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil. From this time until the end of the period of Mystagogy, they are known as neophytes, “new sprouts.”
Period of Mystagogy
The final stage, Mystagogy, “living the mysteries,” occurs during the fifty-day Easter season and beyond. Neophytes ponder the experience and meaning of the sacraments and participate with the faithful in the eucharistic life of the Church and its mission for justice and peace. Formation and teaching continue for one year to help the neophytes become incorporated into the full life of the Christian community. We are all living the mysteries.
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All students enrolling in Confirmation, Baptism, or Full Communion must have a sponsor. If you do not have a sponsor please see the class director.
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