R.C.I.A. Rite of Acceptance
This Sunday our parish has the privilege to witness the Rite of Acceptance by two RCIA candidates. This is the first rite celebrated in the RCIA process and takes place each year on the Second Sunday of Advent. So around the world, many people both baptized and unbaptized are standing before a faith community and stating their desire to become Catholic. What a beautiful sign of hope for our Church!
This rite marks the completion of the first stage of the RCIA process; the Inquiry. Remember there are four stages:
Stage 1 The Inquiry -
This begins when a person hears of Jesus Christ from a friend, family member, co-worker or spouse and wants to know more. The community helps them to define just what it is they are seeking.
Stage 2 The Catechumenate -
An extended period of time devoted to formal teaching of the Catholic faith including an understanding of Sacred Scripture, doctrines and Traditions of the Roman Catholic Church.
Stage 3 The Enlightenment -
The final stage of preparation (usually during Lent) is a time for reflection and prayer more than teaching. The Creed and the Lord’s Prayer are presented to enlighten the minds of those we now call “the elect.” This stage culminates in the receiving of the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil for those who are ready.
Stage 4 Mystogogy – (mista go gee) –
During the Easter season the newly initiated strive to deepen their understanding of the great Paschal Mystery. Mystagogy is about mission. The new Christians now join the Catholic Church in taking the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world.
Let us together welcome Kristi Cox, Jim Cox and their son Lucas. They are all baptized Christians and Kristi and Jim are enrolled as candidates in the RCIA process. Their son Lucas is four years old and a student at St. Francis Xavier. He will be welcomed into the Church with his parents. Kristi and Jim have been married for six years and are currently living in St. Cloud while house-hunting here in Sartell. Kristi works as an accountant for New Core/Palmer Wireless and volunteers whenever possible at our school. Jim is employed as the Director of Pharmacy at Coborns and is also working on his MBA; obviously a very full schedule. Two members of our parish, Rhonda Mastey and Chuck Haselkamp are companioning Kristi and Jim and will be their sponsors for Confirmation and full acceptance into the Church at the Easter Vigil. As a community, let us keep this family in our prayers during their RCIA journey and let us look forward with joy to welcoming them to our parish family.