The RCIA Journey Continues
The RCIA Journey Continues here at St. Francis Xavier R.C.I.A. – The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process by which adults who desire membership in the Catholic Church commit to in preparation for being received as members.
There are two categories of participants:
Catechumen – this is a person who is not baptized and so not yet a Christian
Candidate – this is a person who has been baptized, most often in another Christian church
There are four stages in the process of RCIA:
The Inquiry – A period of questioning that begins when a person first identifies an interest in knowing more about the Catholic Church. Classes in this stage cover topics such as Faith, Jesus Christ, the Holy Trinity, the Bible and Divine Revelation, Catholic Prayers & Practices, the Mass, Mary and Saints and the leadership of the Catholic Church.
The Catechumenate – Includes a study of the Sacraments, Salvation History, Church History, Christian Moral Living, The Dignity of Life and
The Enlightenment – This stage focuses on our Life of Prayer, The Creed, The Our Father, Lent, the
Stations of the Cross, Holy Week, and Reconciliation
Mystagogy – This is a period after acceptance into the Church when participants reflect on how they will live out their faith life and what gifts they have to offer the community.
This year at St. Francis Xavier we have four participants:
Nikki Cheney and Dillon Kleinow - Cathechumens - will be baptized and receive First Eucharist and Confirmation at the Easter Vigil.
Rob Fann and Carey Gramke - Candidates - will be fully accepted into the Catholic Church receiving both First Eucharist and Confirmation, also at the Easter Vigil.
RCIA also includes Rites:
The Rite of Acceptance – This took place at Mass on the First Sunday of Advent when the participants were introduced to the parish community and the community promised to support them with prayer.
The Rite of Sending – This took place this Sunday at the 8:30 a.m. Mass as the community agreed that our catechumens were ready to be presented to the Bishop at the Cathedral.
The Rite of Election – Our catechumens were presented to Bishop Kettler this Sunday afternoon by yours truly and were called forth to sign into the Book of the Elect for our diocese.
Please continue to pray for our participants and for all who are seeking membership in the Catholic Church.
We look forward with joy to receiving them into the Church as we celebrate the Resurrection this Easter!
Deb Rudolph, RCIA Coordinator