Adult Sacrament Process

About this Ministry

     For the Baptized and all those who do not know Jesus Christ

The Evangelization or Inquiry period: Do you have a feeling of “incompleteness” in your faith journey? Do you want to know more about the Christian Faith / Heritage?

It is a time of evangelization: faithfully and constantly the living God is proclaimed and Jesus Christ who he has sent for the salvation of all. Thus those who are not yet Christians, their hearts open by the Holy Spirit, may believe and be freely converted to the Lord and commit themselves sincerely to him.
When a person comes to some knowledge of Jesus Christ they may approach the Catholic Church for more information.  For some this searching process may take a long time and for others not.

Adults, 18 years of age or older who need to complete any of the Sacraments of Initiation; Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist are welcomed into the process as Candidates. Inquiry process is open year round to all, directly under the Adult Sacrament Coordinator.
A Candidate for Confirmation and Eucharist: Is a person already baptized either in the Catholic Church or a Christian denomination whose baptism is valid and desires to either receive Confirmation and Eucharist or wishes to be received into the Catholic Church and receive Confirmation and Eucharist.

Procedure

  • All must register with the Parish.
  • The required process will vary depending on the individual circumstances.
  • A Precatechumenate-informal gathering takes into account that the inquirers are not yet catechumens.
  • Depending on the circumstance, contact with previous parishes may be required to obtain necessary documents of prior sacraments, i.e. Baptism, First Eucharist and marriage certificate. A person who wishes to get married in the church, documents of Sacraments are required.  Or it may involve annulment of a previous marriage. 
  • Meet once a week throughout the year as a group
  • Attends Mass once a week
  • Participate in Church activities
  • Participate in Church Ministry
  • Baptized Catholics and baptized non Catholic who have had little or no catechesis of
  • The faith will join the RCIA- Catechumen group for instructions and faith sharing on the Catholic Faith.

This process is called the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) and is designed to help you discern whether or not you are ready to receive the Sacraments of Initiation. This process is patterned after the ancient practice of the Early Christian Church of the Fourth Century when Catechumens (those desiring to be baptized) journeyed through the process that would lead them to receive all three Sacraments together at the end of their journey.

Rite of Christion Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

About This Ministry

“In the sacraments of Christian initiation we are freed from the power of darkness and joined to Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.  We receive the Spirit of filial adoption and are part of the entire people of God in the celebration of the memorial of the Lord’s death and resurrection.” 
It is important to know that the initiation of catechumens is a gradual process that takes place within the community of the faithful. The faithful leads by example in joining the catechumens in reflecting / sharing on the Gospel and on the value of the paschal mystery.

The RCIA distinguishes between several groups:

  • A Catechumen: A person desiring all three Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
  • A Candidate for Confirmation and Eucharist: A person already baptized either in the Catholic Church or a Christian denomination whose baptism is valid and desires to either receive Confirmation and Eucharist or wishes to be received into the Catholic Church and receive Confirmation and Eucharist.
  • A Candidate for Confirmation only: Is a person already baptized and have received Eucharist but needs to complete the Sacrament of Confirmation to complete his/her Initiation.
  • A Candidate for Communion only: A person already baptized and has received Confirmation but never completed the process to receive Holy Communion.

Procedure

At St. Theresa, RCIA is coordinated by the Pastoral Associate and several team members.

  • All must register with the Parish
  • We are open to initiating candidates at just about any time, handling them on a case by case basis.
  • Meet with Coordinator to help walk you through the process and all paperwork requirements.
  • They will journey with their sponsor and members from the faith community
  • The rite of initiation is a spiritual journey of adults that varies according to God’s many forms of graces and the free cooperation of the individuals, the action of the Church, and the circumstances of time and place.

Rite of Acceptance into the order of Catechumens & Catechumenate Period

     Exorcisms
     Presentation of a Cross
     Blessings and anointing of the Catechumens
     Rite of Sending the Catechumens for Election (if not hosted at your church)

Rite of Election
     Period of Purification and Enlightenment

     Scrutinies- 3rd, (presentation of the Creed), 4th, and 5th (presentation of the Lord’s Prayer)           
     Sundays of Lent
     Retreat
     Ephphetha Rite (Morning of the Easter Vigil Mass)

  • Demonstrates signs of maturing and Initial Conversion that leads to desiring to become Christians.
  • Having progressed in faith, they are accepted into a more intense preparation for the sacraments of Initiation.
  • At the completion of their spiritual preparation which meets once a week and at every Liturgy Celebration, they receive the Sacraments of Initiation.
  • Sacrament of Initiation Takes place at the Easter Vigil

After the person is initiated, the formation and education continue in a period called “mystagogy,” at least until Pentecost.  During this period the newly baptized, now called the Neophytes and the community grow in deepening their grasp of the paschal mystery and in making it part of their lives through reflecting and sharing on the Gospel, sharing in the Eucharist, and finding a ministry to participate in. To strengthen the neophytes as they begin to walk in newness of life, the community of the faithful, their godparents, catechists and their parish priests should continue to support them in understanding more effectively and more fully the mysteries of the Gospel.

 

Contact:
Candie Lyla Pinaula
879-4844