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What We Believe
John Paul II's Encyclicals
Anyone interested in the RCIA program please contact Fr.Floyd at the Parish Office at 894-3486.
The Historical Roots
Often called the "catechumenate",the RCIA, (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a process of faith development and catechetical instruction which culminates in full membership in the Roman Catholic Church with the reception of the "sacraments of initiation": baptism, confirmation, and the Eucharist. This journey of faith is similar to the one people made when joining the early Church communities. Today's revised process, promulgated in 1972, calls on the entire parish community for involvement and prayerful support.
Inquiry and It's Rite
During the first stage in the faith journey, inquirer's begin to form relationships with one another and with their catechists. Sessions are informal, with life stories shared and curiosities about "things Catholic" answered. When a decision to continue in the process is made, inquirers obtain sponsors or godparents to mentor them along the way. Then, the Rite of Acceptance Into the Order of Catechumens is celebrated within the community's Sunday Mass.
Catechumens and It's Rites
With the Rite of Acceptance, those who have not been baptized officially become catechumens, while those who are baptized become candidates. Now they learn specifics about the Catholic faith, especially the sacraments. Sessions become more instructional, with an emphasis on breaking open the Word of God in the Sunday readings. Several optional rites may be celebrated during this period which precedes the Season of Lent.
Lent and It's Rites The Rite of Election takes place on the first Sunday of Lent. it is celebrated by the bishop or his representative, and marks a major transition. Catechumens and candidates now become the elect and their names are inscribed in the diocese's Book of Enrollment. On the third, fourth, and fifth Sunday's of lent, the Rites of the Scrutinies are celebrated at a Sunday Mass. As Lent draws to a close, the elect will be invited to participate in a day of reflection and, in the case of those already baptized, their first reception of the sacrament of reconciliation. There may also be a Rite of Preparation before the Easter Vigil is celebrated.
Mystagogy And It's Rites The Rites of Initiation take place at the Easter Vigil, immediately after the homily. First comes the Liturgy of Baptism, then the Rite of Confirmation. The elect are now neophytes (new Catholics). They lead the parish community to the sacrificial altar and receive their first Eucharist. Neophytes' final stage of preparation, during the Season of Easter helps them to understand their new experience of God's presence in their lives, and to recognize and appropriate the many new graces God is giving them.
RCIA at St.Dunstan's Basilica
At St.Dunstan's Basilica Parish, a team of parishioners, along with a spiritual director for the RCIA, accompany catechumens and candidates on this journey of faith. This group meets regularly throughout the year. If you would like to know more about RCIA or are interested in becoming a Catholic, please call Fr.Floyd at the Parish office (894-3486).
All Christians are called to service in the community of faith.
Tue & Thur: 11AM- 12PM
Saturday: 3:30PM-4:30PM Also by appointment
Religious Education (RCIA) at St.Dunstan's Basilica
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
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