Come and Journey with Me
Two of the disciples that same day were making their way to a village named
Emmaus seven miles distant from Jerusalem, discussing as they went all that
had happened. In the course of their lively exchange, Jesus approached and
began to walk along with them… (Luke 24:13-35).
The RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults – is the process that helps you grow in awareness of God’s call to conversion, provides opportunities to reflect on that call, and moves you towards full initiation through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
RCIA SCHEDULE 2017-2018
PRECATECHUMENATE: Time to ask questions and talk
about issues of concern
On-going – So you may come in at any time
Summer sessions: June 12, July 10 & 31, August 21
We will become a little more formal beginning week of September 11.
RITE OF ACCEPTANCE: November 19 8:30 Mass (Tentative)
CATECHUMENATE: Beginning of intense study of the faith
Title: Catechumens (unbaptized) or Candidates
Ongoing - People come in when ready
Tentative: November 26 through February 4
Sunday mornings 8:30 - 11:00 a.m.
RETREAT: (Candidates, Catechumens, Parish Sponsors)
February 9 (6:00–10 p.m.), and February 10 (8:30 a.m.
– 3:30 p.m.)
Discernment Interviews follow during the week.
Sending Rite – Choose a Mass on February 10-11
RITE OF ELECT: Presented to Bishop Richard Pates
February 18 afternoon at St. Ambrose Cathedral
PURIFICATION AND ENLIGHTENMENT: Time for reflection
and prayer on one’s call to the Catholic faith.
February 18 through March 25 (Sundays mornings 8:30 -
Scrutinies (Prayers of healing and forgiveness)
March 4, 11, 18 (Catechumens)
February 25 (Candidates)
TRIDUUM – March 29, Holy Thursday, at 7 p.m.
March 30, Good Friday, at either 3 or 7 p.m.
EASTER VIGIL –March 31
Morning Practice 11:30 a.m./ Evening Service 8:00 p.m.
MYSTAGOGY: Time to reflect on the Easter Vigil Service,
explore more mysteries of the faith, and to reflect on what
we are called to do as disciples.
April 8 through Pentecost – May 20
Sunday mornings 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
“The catechumenate for adults . . . well-suited instruction, may be sanctified by sacred rites” (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 64)
In the early Church, there was a clear path for those who wished to become Christian: Over a period of several years, they would listen to instruction, join the community for prayer, and receive special blessings and exorcisms, culminating in their initiation at the Easter Vigil. In 1955, Pope Pius XII restored the Holy Week liturgies, bringing adult Baptisms back to the Easter Vigil. And a few years later, the Council Fathers called for the restoration of the catechumenate, the ancient process of preparation for Baptism. Today, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) provides a rich array of prayers and rites, through which catechumens, as well as already baptized candidates for full communion, feel surrounded by the prayer of the Church from the very beginning of their journey. And, the RCIA allows those in the assembly to experience the joy that comes with the continued spreading of the Good News of Jesus Christ.