Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
RCIA Rite of Election
February 14, 2016, God elected (left to right) Lauryn Steward, Shae Whitney, and
Paige Pasteris to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation at the upcoming Easter Vigil.
There is no set length of time that it takes to become Catholic. Different parishes and dioceses may set their own timetables. However, the Church makes clear that what is important is not meeting a schedule, but instead ensuring adequate preparation to receive the Sacraments of initiation.
- The Pre-catechumenate, or period of inquiry, welcomes newcomers to ask questions and share their stories as they begin to learn more about the Church.
- The Catechumenate is a time of serious and dedicated formation, often in a group setting with other newcomers to the Catholic Faith.
- The Period of Purification and Enlightenment, which coincides with Lent, is a period of continued instruction coupled with more intensive preparation and prayer. This period culminates with the Sacraments of initiation (baptism, confirmation, holy Eucharist), bringing the candidates and catechumens into the full communion of the Catholic Church, usually at Easter Vigil. (A candidate is a baptized Christian; a catechumen is an unbaptized candidate.)
- Mystagogy is the time after the newly initiated have been fully received into the Church; it last from Easter to Pentecost. All of these stages are marked by distinct liturgical rites.
Please contact Christine Pershey at 815-722-6653 ext. 215 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.