R.C.I.A. (the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is designed for adults who, after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. By God’s help they are strengthened spiritually during their preparation and at the proper time receive the sacraments fruitfully. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults Introduction, p. 1)
Blessed Sacrament parish is blessed with a wonderful program and catechists who provide adults interested in the Catholic faith the opportunity to learn about the sacraments, Catholic doctrine and how we are to live the faith through stewardship and daily witness. We also have dedicated catechists for the R.C.I.C. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Children) which provides children who have reached the age of reason with a catechetical and evangelical preparation to receive the sacraments.
Both programs are divided into three periods - inquiry, catechumenate, and purification and enlightenment - each of which focuses on a different aspect of Catholic formation. Inquiry, as indicated, allows the catechumen (unbaptized adult) and candidate for reception into the Catholic Church (adult baptized in the Christian tradition, but not Catholic) to ask questions and explore the faith in a general way. The catechumenate is more structured in the presentation of Catholic doctrine and the sacraments. The period of purification and enlightenment coincides with Lent and encourages conversion of heart and mind in order to embrace the faith fully and receive the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) at the Easter Vigil.
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