A journey in faith for those seeking to know more about the Catholic Faith. It is a journey which continues for a period of approximately one year and prepares non-Catholics to receive the Sacraments of Initiation - Baptism and Holy Communion - at Easter.
We also invite baptized Catholics to join the journey as Sponsors who will accompany the non-Catholics on this journey which involves catechesis, sharing of the Word and fellowship.
What is R.C.I.A.?
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The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A.) is a process of growing in faith through journeying with the community of St. Bernadette, leading to, if you wish, baptism into the Catholic Church.
WHAT IS THE RITE OF ELECTION & CALL TO CONVERSION?
The Rite of Election marks the end of formal study of the teachings and practices of the Church. The primary time for the Rite to be celebrated is on the first Sunday of Lent. The celebration is presided over by the Bishop. During the Rite, the Church formally announces the names of those who will soon celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation.
"Election" refers to the idea of "the chosen people." In Israelís early history, God chose a people and established a covenant with them. Christians believe that God continues to choose people, now through the covenant of baptism. The Rite of Election thus establishes the names of those who will enter the new covenant through the Sacraments of Initiation.
The key moments of the Rite are the affirmation by the godparents and the Act of admission or Election. In the affirmation, the godparents testify that the Catechumens are worthy to be initiated. The entire assembly may also join the affirmation. Based on testimony of godparents and catechists, and the Catechumens' reaffirmation, the Church declares their state of readiness to enter the final period in their faith journey. The Catechumens now called the "Elect" are strengthened to take part in the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil.
Next the Bishop invites the Catechumens to sign the Book of the Elect. In some dioceses, this action has already taken place in parishes during the Rite of Sending, and the books are presented at this point. Finally, during the Act of Admission or Election, the Bishop declares that the Catechumens are Members of the Elect, to be initiated at the next Easter Vigil.
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