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Who is the RCIA for ?The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is for the following groups of people:
Conversion at the heart"The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is not a program, but a sacramental formation process that prepares individuals and communities for a particular way of life. Conversion is at the heart of that way of life. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults facilitates the conversion experience." [The RCIA process, Transforming The Church by Thomas Morris]
The Rite of Christian of Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process in The Church of the Holy Trinity lasts for about ONE year. If you are interested to discover God, the person of Jesus or to know more about the Catholic Church , you may want to download the Registration Form, print it, filled it up and send it to the Church of Holy Trinity's Secretariat Office. We look forward to seeing you joining the RCIA process and discover for yourself the wonderful LOVE of God and the person of Jesus, the Catholic Church and her teachings.
The RCIA Process is really ONE rite divided into different periods. The different periods are:
1. Period of Evangelisation (Pre-Catechumenate or Inquiry phase)
The period of evangelization is a period of inquiry, a time when an individual wants to inquire more about the Catholic Faith and about the Catholic Christians community. The individual could be drawn into wanting to know more about the faith for various reasons. This is a period of searching of asking questions before committing oneself to want to know more about the person of Jesus and living out the Christian Faith. During this period the individual is known as an Inquirer[ Top ] [ Content ]
2. Rite of Acceptance
The Rite of Acceptance is the first public rituals celebrated in the RCIA. Afer a period of inquiries, the inquirer now declares to the public that he/she wants to further his/her journey towards full initiation with the Catholic Church. During the Rite, usually celebrated with the Church Community during Mass, the whole assembly together with the sponsors offer their support and witness to these men and women.[ Top ] [ Content ]
The Rite of Acceptance ends the period of Pre-Catechumenate and at the end of the rite, the individual is known as Catechumen
3. Period of Catechumenate
The period of Catechumenate is perhaps the longest period in the entire RCIA process. It is during this period that the Individual, now known as Catechumen, will learn more about the Catholic faith. catechesis takes up the majority of the time during this period. Catholic teachings on the following topics could be covered during this period :
Some of the rites carried out during this period includes :
Minor Exorcism - "a prayer that acknowledges the darkness or void of sin, calling upon the very presence of God to breathe life where there is only death". [The RCIA process, Transforming The Church by Thomas Morris]
Anointing of the Catechumens
Presentation of the Bible
Other SessionsThe following may also be organised to help the Catchumens integrate and be familiar with the Catholic Christians way of living :
Dismissal Rite and Breaking Open the WordDuring this period, the Catechumen will also participate in what is known as a Dismissal Rite. During Mass, the Catechumen will attend together with the Church Community and will be 'dismissed' after the proclamation of scripture and homily before the intercessory prayers. The catechumens are 'dismissed' to reflect deeper on the scripture and prayer and their meanings to discipleship.
Reflecting on the Scripture after the 'dismissal' is also known as Breaking Open the Word. Breaking Open the Word is the sharing of the Gospel reading taken from the weekend's Mass. After the 'dismissal', the catechumens will usually go to a room, where a facilitator will reflect on the understanding of the day's Gospel reading. The Catechumens are then to reflect deeply on the readings and its applications to discipleship.
Participating in this Rite of Dismissal is thus very important as it is during this period of the RCIA that the Scripture is read, understood and reflected upon. Participating in the Rite of Dismissal and Breaking Open the Word are important sessions in the RCIA process and it is important the Catechumens must make it a point to attend all of these sessions.
4. Rite of Election or Enrollment of Names (Elects)
This rite is one of the most significant rite in the RCIA process. After an extended period of discernment and learning about the Catholic Faith, the Community now give witness to God's election of the catechumens to embrace the mission of Jesus.
During this Rite, carried out during Mass in front of the assembly, the Catechumens will be asked to inscribed their names into the Book of Elects. It is also when the church formally recognises that the Catechumens are ready for the Sacrament of Baptism.
It is during this period that the Godparents of the Catechumens formally take on their public role. The Godparents would already have been actively involved in the life and formation of the Catechumens well before the rite of Election.
At the end of this Rite, the Catechumens are known as Elects.
5. Period of Purification & Enlightenment
This is a period "consisting more in internal reflection than in catechitical instructions". The Elects will continue to attend classes but the classes will be conducted more like a retreat manner.
An important Rite that takes place during this period is the Scrutinies. There are altogether 3 Scrutinies. The Scrutinies "take seriously the profound love of God and the desire of God to bring all people to full freedom and salvation" [The RCIA process, Transforming The Church by Thomas Morris]. The Liturgy of the Word taken during these 3 scrutinies are :
It is also during this period that the following may be presented to the Elects :
The Lord's Prayer
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6. Celebration of the Sacraments of InitiationThe Sacraments of Christian initiation - Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist - lay the foundations of every Christian life. [CCC 1212]
Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers of her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word". [CCC 1213]
The rite offers 2 options for baptism:
At the end of the Baptism Rite, the newly baptised are known as neophytes.
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7. Period of Mystagogy or Postbaptismal Catechesis (Neophytes)
"Mystagogy means reflecting on the mysteries, to savour the mysteries. Mystagogy is the process wherein we ponder the saving experience of the Holy - in this case through the celebration of the intiation sacraments - in order to understand better who we are and whose we are. No one can truly be touched by the presence of the Holy and not be changed in some ways." [The RCIA process, Transforming The Church by Thomas Morris]
This is also a period where the Neophytes, through the help of their Godparents and the RCIA team, becomes more integrated with the ocmmunity. During this period the Neophyes will :
Meditate on the Gospels readings
Sharing in the Eucharistic Celebration
Doing works of Charity
The Mystagogy period usually last for the duration of Easter Season. It could be extended up to the anniversary of initiation.
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