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Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
Rite of Election 2014
The 2014 Rite of Election has been set for the following dates and locations:
Saturday, March 8, 2014 10:00 am Saint Bede, Williamsburg, VA
Saturday, March 8, 2014 2:00 pm Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond, VA
Sunday, March 9, 2014 3:00 pm Saint Mary's, Blacksburg, VA
Click here for the RSVP Form.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the normal way for unbaptized persons and those who have been baptized in another Christian tradition to become a Catholic, through a process of discerning and ritualizing the stages of gradual conversion. The rite of Christian initiation is designed for adults (and children of catechetical age) 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 will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and at the proper time will receive the sacraments fruitfully. (RCIA Introduction 1)
For the Unbaptized, the RCIA gradually uncovers the story of God’s salvation for all; the mystery of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection; and the workings of the Holy Spirit as revealed in the beliefs, sacramental life and spiritual practices of the Catholic Church. The initiation of catechumens is a gradual process that takes place within the community of the faithful and in accordance with the Church’s liturgical year. Together with the catechumens, the faithful reflect upon the value of the paschal mystery, renew their own conversion, and by their example lead the catechumens to obey the Holy Spirit more generously. (#4)
For Baptized Christians who seek full communion with the Catholic Church, the RCIA includes rites and pastoral practice. (RCIA Part II: sections 4 and 5).
For Baptized Catholics who have received no other faith formation and have not received the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist, the RCIA mentions pastoral practices to become a fully initiated Catholic (RCIA Part II, section 4).
Sorting It All Out: Children and Adults in the Initiation Process
To help you recognize who is who, what process is needed, who does what, and where is it recorded, read the stories and scenarios that follow. More
Stages and Rituals for Unbaptized Adults
There are four stages as well as rituals that mark these stages for unbaptized persons. What follows outlines these, which are supplemented by numerous minor rites and possibilities. More
Templates & Tools for Liturgical Rites
To assist all who coordinate and plan RCIA liturgical rites, we are offering templates of many of the rites for you to adapt and use, as well as tools for their preparation and implementation. More will be added as they are developed.
First Liturgical Rites: (After Inquiry)
Chart for Choosing the Right Rite (PDF)
Read First! General Instructions for Celebrating First Liturgical Rites (PDF)
Rite of Acceptance (RA) into Order of Catechumens (Word)
• RA Bulletin Inserts & Pulpit Announcements (Word)
• RA Worship Aid Template (Word)
Rite of Welcoming (RW) the Candidates (Word)
• RW Bulletin Inserts & Pulpit Announcements (Word)
• RW Worship Aid Template (Word)
Combined Rites Of Acceptance And Welcoming (Word)
• CR Bulletin Inserts & Pulpit Announcements (Word)
• CR Worship Aid Template (Word)
Second Liturgical Rites: (At end of Catechumenate
)Instructions for Rite of Sending and Rite of Election (PDF)
Rite of Sending (Word)
Call to Continuing Conversion - Optional parish rite for Candidates (Word)
Appropriate Dates for Initiation Rites Year C (Word)
Don't Miss This! Rite of Election Tutorial (PowerPoint*)
*Click here for a free PowerPoint viewer if you do not have Microsoft PowerPoint.