The RCIA Process
The Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults offer four distinct periods for study, reflection, prayer and formation in the Catholic faith. They are:
The Period of Inquiry
: This begins with several sessions to see who might be interested in participating and what their personal needs might be. Questions can be raised and details set for the sessions. Once the sessions start, Inquiry provides a basic foundation for how Catholics understand God, Jesus, the Bible, Prayer, Community and Sacrament.
This is followed by the Period of the Catechumenate
. Those who may desire full initiation celebrate the Rite of Welcome and establish a special relationship with the community. We pledge to support you as you discern God’ call. The sessions delve more deeply into belief and teaching while plumbing the sacred scriptures to illuminate God’s call.
The Period of Enlightenment
follows, which is begun with the Rite of Election. No voting though! Election means choosing. In the Rite of Election the person chooses to move forward to full initiation and the Church chooses or elects these people to celebrate the sacraments at Easter. This is a time for greater inner reflection and discernment while the immediate preparation for Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist are underway. This period culminates in the celebration of the Easter Vigil where those prepared for sacraments are fully initiated.
The Period of Mystagogy
follows. This lasts for up to a year. Initially there are 4-6 weekly sessions. Then there are monthly opportunities to gather to learn more, build community or just have some fun. Of course we presume the new Catholics are coming to liturgy on Sunday and living the life of faith. Mystagogy or “walking in the mystery” helps root the new member of the community and strengthen the relationship that have been nurtured during this journey.
If you are interested, please e-mail Sr. Angela Case
or contact the church office at 410.674.9238.
God will lead if you seek.
God will answer when you knock.
God will reveal what you need to know.
Come and See!