RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION

IF YOU’VE BEEN COMING TO MASS FOR AWHILE BUT ARE NOT CATHOLIC……

Now is the time to register!

 

We invite you to take a deeper look at the Catholic faith.  Come meet some faithful Catholics who love the Lord and would consider it a privilege to get to know you.  Our parish will soon begin a set of sessions, called INQUIRY, to share with others the truths of the Catholic faith.  We invite you to learn what Catholics believe in an open and welcoming environment.  These sessions also are opportunities for you to ask those perplexing and difficult questions you may have about the Church.  These gatherings are for inquirers and are open to people who are unbaptized, as well as those who are baptized Christians from Protestant or Evangelical backgrounds, or baptized Catholic adults who have not received their First Communion or Confirmation.

INQUIRY sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings throughout the month of August.  The first session is August 1st from 6:30 – 7:30pm.  Feel free to come to any, or all, of the sessions!

Please give me a call or email me if you have questions or would like additional information.

Ginger Giesen, Director of Discipleship, 720-419-0126, jgiesen@paxchristi.org

 

                                                  2017-2018 RCIA and RCIC Information

 

What is RCIA and RCIC?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults – Adapted for Children (RCIC)* are the process established for the universal Church for individuals to become Catholic and receive the sacraments of initiation —- Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist.  This initiation process also involves a parish community experiencing a renewal in faith as it prepares and welcomes new members into the Church.  The Rite speaks of conversion as a “spiritual journey”.  Centered on fostering a deep relationship with Jesus and the Church he founded, this journey takes place through distinct stages over a period of time suitable to bring about a thorough catechesis, significant experience of the parish community, and commitment to the liturgical and moral life of the Catholic faithful.  The RCIA process is a restoration of the ancient catechumenate, arising within the first three centuries following the era of the apostles.  It was the Church’s way of Christianizing the pagan Roman Empire.  The Second Vatican Council call for the restoration and use of the venerable and powerful method of initiation for the worldwide Church.[1]

* RCIC is for children age 7 years and older who have not been baptized and/or are past the 3rd grade and not yet received their First Reconciliation and First Communion.

 

Who is RCIA and RCIC for?

  1. Persons in need of Baptism.
  2. Persons baptized in another Christian tradition who desire to become Catholic.
  3. Persons baptized Catholic in need of First Communion and/or Confirmation.

*See note above regarding RCIC

 

How long is the RCIA and RCIC process?

The time varies, but is rarely shorter than six months or longer than three years.  The Church greatly respects the time each person needs for conversion and decision.

 

What is the structure of RCIA and RCIC catechesis?

  • RCIA and RCIC classes are held separate from each other (RCIC is broken out by grade school, middle school and high school).   The classes are lead each week by the Pastor, Father Marek Krol; or the Director of Discipleship, Ginger Giesen, and/or various Catechist Volunteers.
  • Weekly attendance at the Sunday 8:30am Pax Christi Mass is requested.  If, on occasion you cannot attend the 8:30am Mass, either the Saturday 5pm or Sunday 10:30am Mass must be attended. The RCIA and RCIC classes meet weekly after from 9:45am until 11:30am.  A number of weekly breaks are scheduled throughout the September – May catechetical period (typically following the Douglas County school system breaks).
  • The format of the classes are designed to teach not only the Catholic Faith doctrines but to cultivate a love of, and relationship with, Jesus Christ. The Catechism of the Catholic Faith, Sacred Scripture, and various teaching aides and programs are used in the curriculum.
  • While daily prayer particularly along with the weekly Mass Readings is recommended, specific weekly homework is rarely assigned.
  • It is understood that illness, travel, or a family emergency may occur during the RCIA/RCIC period. Given this understanding, attendance is required at the weekly classes.  If you are unable to attend a particular session, please notify the Director of Discipleship (faithformation@paxchristi.org or 303-799-1036 x.106).
  • A day Retreat will be scheduled during the RCIA period. This is typically on a Saturday after the Christmas season.  Attendance is required at the Retreat.

 

Godparents and Sponsors

Each individual going through the RCIA and RCIC process, looking to receive Baptism, Holy Communion and Confirmation, must choose a Godparent or Sponsor.  This person will walk with the Catechumen/Candidate on their faith journey.  A Godparent will be chosen by those who have not previously been baptized.  A Sponsor is chosen by those who have received Christian Baptism and are seeking to receive their Sacraments of Initiation into the Catholic Church; First Holy Eucharist and Confirmation.

The qualifications for a Godparent and/or Sponsor are they:

  • Must be a Baptized and Confirmed Catholic who is sixteen years of age or older
  • Must be in “good standing” with the Catholic Church, meaning; if married, married according to the laws of the Roman Catholic Church, and committed to keeping God’s commandments and in conformity with the teachings of the Faith.
  • Faithfully attending Sunday Mass and a registered member of a Parish
  • Willing to attend the RCIA/RCIC meetings as much as possible with the Catechumen/Candidate
  • Not the parent or spouse of the requesting Catechumen/Candidate

 

Triduum Liturgies

The Triduum Liturgies are the holiest days and liturgies of the year.  These include:

  • Holy Thursday
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Vigil

It is during the Easter Vigil that those wishing to enter the Church, who are fully prepared to do so, receive the Sacraments of Baptism and/or First Communion and Confirmation.  One, two or all three of these Sacraments are received according to the disposition of the Candidate.

 

 Mystagogy

Mystagogy is the period of formation for the “neophytes” (those fully received into full communion with the Church) extending from Easter to Pentacost.  This is a time for deepening the Catholic life, especially in appreciation for the sacramental life, for spiritual growth, and for entering more fully into the life and unity of the Catholic community.  The Parish community pledges to help you grow and mature in the Catholic life and develop a genuine Catholic world view.[2]

 

 

[1] RCIA Leader’s Manual, Published by the Association for Catechumenal Ministry, Clinton, Maryland., 2007.  p. 258-  259.

[2] Taken from RCIA Leader’s Manual, p. 262.

 

For more information about the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) and Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC) programs, please contact Ginger Giesen, Director of Discipleship, at faithformation@paxchristi.org or (720) 419-0126.