By Baptism we become members of the Church, the Body of Christ.
Our Candidates participated in the Rite of Sending. Here are a few photos of that Rite. Click
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Are you interested in learning more about the Catholic faith?
Are you looking for complete your sacraments in the Catholic Church?
Contact Sister Elizabeth U. Siguenza RVM
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is an ongoing, year round program for un-baptized adults (catechuments) and baptized adults who are seeking more information on the Catholic faith or Catholics who wish to complete the Sacraments of First Communion, Reconciliation and/or Confirmation.
Inquiry Classes. The first stage is called the Period of Inquiry (or the precatechumenate). Classes usually last for 306 months and are for those in the initial stages of learning about the Catholic faith and/or those seeking more information about God and/or joining the Church. These sessiona are informal and friends and spouses are welcome. They will last as long as the student needs to decide if they feel readyd to more into the next stage.
Catechumenate. The second stage is called the catechumenate. This is for catechumens (un-baptized) and candidates (baptized). The Rites of Acceptance and Welcoming mark the beginning of this time. Catechesis (learning about the Word of God through the Lectionary, the Bible and the beliefs of the Church) is studied during this time and may take 1-2 years, depending on the amount of adult faith formation the catechumen or candidate has. Each persons journey is unique and each person is allowed to progress at the rate the individual feels comfortable with. When they are ready to proceed further with their initiation the next stage begins.
Period of Enlightenment and Purification. This third stage is celebrated with the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion at the beginning of Lent and lasts for 40 days. During this time catechesis is not the primary focus of learning. It is a time of discernment and purification and preparation for a new life as a Christian. The Elect, as they are now called, have a time of intense preparation and prayer along with the celebrations of three public scrutinies and a retreat in which to prepare for their Sacraments of Initiation at Easter Vigil. Initiation is at the Easter Vigil.
Mystagogia. The fourth and final stage is a period of exploring the experiences of the fully initiated Christians through the Sacraments, continuing catechesis and parish celebration. It is a time when the neophyte is welcomed into all aspects of the parish life and its service. This is usually 50 days or moire depending on personal need. At the end of this time the new Christian begins the rest of their life long journey in full communion with the Church.