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Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

St Edna Inquiry on Catholic Christianity RCIA. Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Are you an adult Catholic wishing to receive First Communion and/or Confirmation?

Inquiry on Catholic Christianity

Have you thought about joining the Catholic Faith?  Is your spouse/fiancee Cathoic and you have always thought about how great it would be to worship together?  How fulfilling that it would be to be able to participate in your child's faith life with them?  Do you know of a family member or friend that has discussed the possibility of becoming Catholic?  Are you an adult Catholic wishing to complete their Sacraments?

We welcome you!

So What Exactly is the R.C.I.A and The Elect?

R.C.I.A. stands for the Rite Of Christian Initiation For Adults. The process, begun during Vatican Council II in the early 1970’s, calls upon the local communities to form the men and women who are called by God to join the Catholic Faith.

At St. Edna, the process begins in early September with the Investigation Into Catholicism series. Here, all are invited to learn more about the Catholic Faith, as different topics are discussed on a weekly basis. The attendees include those who are of a different religion, those who have little or no religious background and Catholics who have not received all of their Sacraments. In addition to these groups of people, the R.C.I.A. Team also attend the sessions. At the end of the Investigation phase in mid-November, the attendees are asked whether they hear the call to join the Catholic Community.

For those that do, and want to continue on the journey, they are welcomed into the R.C.I.A. process with the Rite of Acceptance in late November.

Here the Candidates (those who have been Baptized) and Catechumens (those who have not been Baptized) publicly declare their intention to continue their journey of faith toward full initiation in the Catholic Church. The entire community in turn, offers its support to these men and women.

At this point and thereafter, the Candidates and Catechumens and the RCIA Team attend Mass on a weekly basis, and are dismissed after the Homily. They leave to meet to discuss the Scripture readings and the Homily that they have just heard, and to delve into a specific topic for the day.

The next Rite in the journey is the Rite of Election and the Enrollment of Names. This takes place at Holy Name Cathedral, and here we celebrate God’s election of the Candidates and Catechumens to embrace the mission of Jesus, and to begin the Lenten preparation toward the receiving of the Sacraments on the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday.

From this point forward, they will now be referred to as the Elect. For the remainder of Lent, the Elect go through a period of purification and enlightenment. They are encouraged to look into their own lives, and listen to the call of God. Where must they reform their life? What new road is God leading them down? This continues through Holy Saturday, when the Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation takes place. The R.C.I.A. process ends with the period of Mystagogy, or Postbaptismal Catechesis.

As part of the RCIA team, the role of the Sponsor is really the backbone of the process. They unselfishly give up countless hours of their time in walking through the journey with those who will be receiving their Sacraments. They are members of St. Edna who are as faith filled as one could imagine. We all owe them a tremendous amount of gratitude for their efforts!

The Elect are always as inspiring a group as you could imagine. They are tremendously engaged, hungry to find Christ in their lives. To a person, they feel a void in their lives and chose Jesus as the one to walk each day with. They always help to strengthen the faith of all that they have come into contact with.

The other very critical part of the Rite are the members of the St. Edna Community. The Elect look to you as members of this wonderful Parish for strength and courage. We ask that you keep all of the Elect in your prayers as they continue the journey to the Celebration of Holy Saturday.

Deacon Jim Gaughan

Contact:

Lorie Crepeau
847-398-3362 x325
lcrepeau@stedna.org