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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

What is RCIA?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process of initiation into the fullness of the sacramental life of the Church. 

Is RCIA for you?

  1. RCIA is for the unbaptized.

  2. RCIA is for baptized Catholic Christians who have not received religious instruction and whose Christian initiation has not been completed by confirmation and eucharist.

  3. RCIA is for baptized Christians who have been members of another Church and who seek to be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church.

 

What is the process?

  • Unbaptized children (age 7+), high school students, and adults complete:​​

    • period of inquiry​

    • rite of acceptance into the order of catechumens

    • instruction and spiritual formation (may vary according to age)

    • rite of election (Cathedral)

    • lenten scrutinies and sacrament of reconciliation

    • sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil

    • post-baptismal instruction and reflection

  • Baptized Catholic Christians who have not received religious instruction and whose Christian initiation has not been completed by confirmation and eucharist.

    • period of inquiry​

    • rite of welcoming the candidates

    • instruction and spiritual formation

    • call to continuing conversion (Cathedral)

    • penitential rite and sacrament of reconciliation

    • sacraments of confirmation and eucharist (Easter season)

  • Baptized Christians who have been members of another Church and who seek to be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church.

    • period of inquiry​

    • rite of welcoming the candidates

    • instruction and spiritual formation (may vary according to background and experience)

    • call to continuing conversion (Cathedral)

    • penitential rite and sacrament of reconciliation

    • rite of reception with confirmation and eucharist (Easter season)

How Do I Register for RCIA/RCIC?

1.  Register in person.

     Come to Grace Hall after either 9:30 AM Mass or Noon Mass.

     Members of the Core Team will be present to answer questions.

 

2.  Download, complete and send the Registration Form to the parish

     office. RCIA/RCIC Registration, Attn:  Sr. Donna Lareau, 1149 

     Russell Drive, Mt. Pleasant, SC  29464.

What is meant by 'coming into full communion' with the Church?

 

Communion is a state of sharing.

 

Baptism in the Eastern Church, Anglican Communion, or Protestant Church constitutes partial communion with the Catholic Church.  Christians find unity in one Lord and one Baptism.  bind Between the denominations, there exist various differences in faith and understanding which prevent full communion.

Baptized non-Catholics may be received into full communion by making a profession of faith in the Rite of Reception, prior to receiving the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.

What is RCIA?

Parishes throughout the United States welcome new Catholics through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Listed below are some questions and answers about RCIA. .

Stages of RCIA:

The Period of Inquiry:  The initial period before you decide to enter the Catholic Church. You're asking questions and checking it out, but aren't yet ready to commit. Your main task here is to explore and develop your faith enough so you can make an informed initial decision about entering the Catholic Church. The final decision won't come for a long time, when you actually enter the Church at Easter and receive the sacraments of initiation. This stage ends with the Rite of Welcome.

Catechumenate: Those who decide to enter the Church and are being trained for a life in Christ are called catechumens, an ancient name from the early Church. In this stage, you're developing your faith and are being "catechized" — learning catechism, or the basic points about Catholic faith and life. You focus on catechesis in this stage: learning about the faith, how to live as a Christian, and developing your interior life. Your job now is to come into closer contact with the Living God and learn more about the Catholic Faith. This stage ends with the Rite of Election which typically takes place on the first Sunday of Lent.

Enlightenment and Purification: The Church will help you focus and intensify your faith as you prepare you to commit your life to Christ and be received into the Church at Easter. If you're following the RCIA process, you'll go through a beautiful series of Gospel-based meditations during Lent, which is the time frame of this period. This stage of intense reflection calls you to deeper conversion in preparation for your renewal at Easter. This is what the season of Lent is for, but it has a special intensity for you this year as you're entering the Church and receiving the sacraments of initiation. The Church uses three profound and beautiful passages from the Gospel of John to focus this preparation effort.

 

Initiation: The culmination of the whole process! You're received into the Church during the Easter Vigil Mass, where you'll receive the sacraments of initiation: baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist. (If you've already been baptized, you won't be baptized again.)

 

Mystagogia: After reception into the Church at Easter, this period lets you reflect and learn more about the mysteries of the Mass and the Sacraments that you now participate in fully. Specific catechesis on the Mass, the Sacraments, and especially the Eucharist are the focus of this stage. The Mass and the Eucharist are the "source and summit" of the Christian life in the Catholic Church, and this period is designed to help you understand, appreciate, and live more deeply this center of Catholicism.

 

 

RCIA can also serve as a focus for ongoing conversion for all members of the Catholic Church. As Catholics see new candidates learning the doctrine, they are encouraged to study their faith. As they participate in the liturgical ceremonies welcoming new members, they can renew their own commitment to Christ. As they see the newly baptized begin ministries of service, they are encouraged to serve more generously. And those who act as sponsors, teachers, and "prayer partners" for the candidates have abundant opportunities for personal growth.  All are welcome to come and continue to study and develop their faith.

For answers to questions please contact Sister Donna Lareau at (843) 917-8273  or srdonna@christourking.org, or Lola Reilly at (843) 972-8531 or reillylola@gmail.com.