Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

The R.C.I.A., Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is a process designed for adults who freely seek the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. The Community of the faithful supports catechumens and candidates by reflecting on the Paschal Mystery with them. Four periods comprise this process: Inquiry, Cathechumenate, Purification and Enlightenment, and Mystagogia. Sessions are held weekly on Wednesday evenings. Special Rites are celebrated throughout the year on the designated Sundays. The Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist are celebrated in the Easter Season for individuals who have made their spiritual preparation through this process. For Information on the RCIA Process at Visitation B.V.M. Parish, please call Sister Diane Marie, DRE, at the Religious Education Office 610.539.6211 ext 112 or e-mail Sister at sister.diane@visitationbvmschool.org

The Visitation Parish RCIA Process is available to all interested individuals who would like to learn about and reflect upon the Catholic Faith.  It is the process which comprises four stages:  Inquiry, Catechumenate, Purification and Enlightenment and Mystagogia.The process is designed for those candidates who are seeking entrance into the Church.  Both those to be baptized and those baptized in another Faith or denomination  are invited to participate in this process each year.  


Period of Inquiry -- The individual asks questions and listens to guided reflections, along with a few initial instructions on basics of our rich Catholic Faith.


Period of the Catechumenate --  This period focuses on instructions and presentations of the truths of our Catholic Faith, the life and teachings of Jesus, the Commandments, Prayer, the Sacraments and Morality.


Period of the Purification and Enlightenment --   This period begins on Ash Wednesday and continues until the conclusion of Lent on Holy Thursday afternoon.  Those individuals who celebrate the Rite of Election and are named "The Elect" by the Archbishop or his designee enter into a "mini-retreat" time to look within themselves and reflect deeply on their journey of faith.  The Scrutinies, special rites of introspection and penance, are celebrated during this time.


Mystagogia  -- This period is the celebration of the "mystery."  Jesus is the focus of our celebration as the "Elect" and "Candidates for Full Initiation" have now received the Sacraments of Baptism (The Elect), Confirmation and Holy Eucharist.  The Sacrament of Reconciliation has also been celebrated for the first time by those who were already Baptized in another Christian Faith.  The Mystagogia goes on for the days of the Easter Season and indeed, in a very special sense, FOREVER.

 

RCIA CLass Schedule 2016-2017 and Liturgy Schedule 2016-2017

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