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Title: Welcome to RCIA

Welcome to RCIA!
  • The Nativity RCIA Team

  • What is the Rite of Christian Initiation of

Lets take a look at. . .
  • Rite
  • Christian
  • Initiation
  • Adults
  • First Rite

  • Any repetitive ceremonial activity with fixed
    rules also, a particular ritual ceremony.
    (HarperCollins Encyclopedia of Catholicism)
  • A public liturgical act of the Church.
  • Next Christian

  • Relating to the person of Jesus Christ
  • His life
  • His teachings
  • His mission
  • His saving life, death resurrection
  • His Church
  • Next Initiation

  • The rites, ceremonies, ordeals, or instructions
    with which one is made a member of a sect or
    society or is invested with a particular function
    or status.(Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary)
  • Military, service organization, etc.
  • Next Adults

  • In Church terms, an adult is someone who has
    reached the age of reason, about age 7. At
    Nativity, we have RCIA sessions for children ages
    7 to 16, adults age 17 and older, and for
    children and adults who speak Spanish primarily
    or exclusively.

The RCIA journey is about. . .
  • Conversion of heart mind
  • The definitive aim of catechesis is to put
    people not only in touch but in communion, in
    intimacy, with Jesus Christ. Catechesi tradendae
    n. 5
  • Not just knowing about Jesus but knowing Jesus

The RCIA journey is also about. . .
  • Joining a particular church (Nativity)
  • Joining a Universal Church
  • 1 billion on every continent

Some terms
  • Catechumen
  • Unbaptized person
  • Will receive Baptism, Confirmation Eucharist at
    Easter Vigil.
  • Candidate
  • Baptized Christian (including a Catholic).
  • Non-Catholics will make a Profession of Faith,
    receive Confirmation Eucharist at a Sunday
  • Catholics will receive Confirmation Eucharist
    at a Sunday Mass

The RCIA process. . .
  • Inquiry
  • Rite of Acceptance/Welcoming
  • Catechumenate
  • Rite of Election and Call to Conversion
  • Purification Enlightenment (Lent)
  • For those who will receive the sacraments during
    Easter Season.
  • Mystagogy

When we meet
  • Children adults in the English program attend
    the1030 am Sunday Mass and are dismissed to
    break open the word until the end of Mass.
  • Children in the English program attend catechesis
    at 9 am on Sundays. Adults attend catechesis on
    Wednesdays from 7 to 830 pm.

When we meet (cont.)
  • Children adults in the Spanish-language program
    attend catechesis at 10 am on Sundays. They then
    attend the 1215 pm Mass in Spanish.

On Sundays. . .
  • Attend Mass in the Church (1030 am for English,
    1215 pm for Spanish).
  • Wear your name tag!
  • Sit in the Reserved RCIA pews (right-hand side in
    the front.
  • Follow your RCIA team leader forward for
    dismissal after the homily.

The Sponsor. . .
  • Attends Sunday Mass, if possible, with their
  • Regularly attends catechesis sessions, retreat
    mornings, special Rites.
  • Prays with the catechumen or candidate.
  • Witnesses to the faith.

The Sponsor also. . .
  • Introduces his or her RCIA member to the
  • Invites him or her to parish liturgies and
    devotions and functions such as dances or the
    Lenten fish fry.
  • Spreads the good news of Nativity RCIA far and

Here we go!!
  • Prepare for every week
  • Participate every week
  • Read Sacred Scripture daily
  • Ask questions
  • Listen to team others
  • Pray, pray, pray!
  • Do Catholic stuff
  • Invite the Holy Spirit into your life in a new way

Your obligations. . .
  • Avoid missing Sunday Mass your catechesis.
  • If you must, call sponsor/teacher.
  • Do whatever make-up work your teacher assigns.
  • Expect a call.

Our prayer for you. . .
  • That your love may increase ever more and more
    in knowledge and every kind of perception, to
    discern what is of value, so that you may be pure
    and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with
    the fruit of righteousness that comes through
    Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.
    Phil. 19

Welcome to RCIA!
  • Nativity RCIA Team
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