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Anyone thinking about becoming a Catholic Christian or who would like more information about our faith or parish is encouraged to contact our Administrator, Father Cornelius Okeke. He can be reached by EMAIL at firstname.lastname@example.org or by PHONE @ 313 383 8514 x 19. If you're in the area, we'd love to have you join us for Mass (Worship schedule)! Father would be available to meet with you after Mass for a spirit-led conversation.
Meeting with the pastor of a church or another member of the parish's pastoral staff is ordinarily the first step in the journey toward becoming a Catholic. Please read more info below...
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS:
THE PROCESS & PERIODS
Period of Inquiry/Catechumenate. This is a time of introduction to the gospel of Jesus Christ and a time of reflection on one's own life in the light of the values of the reign of God. It is an unstructured time of no fixed duration for questions and an opportunity of the beginnings of Christian faith to form.
Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens. In this liturgical rite, those who wish to become catechumens publicly express their desire to follow the way of Jesus. The Church accepts their intention and welcomes them into the household of Faith as catechumens.
Period of the Catechumenate. Along with the whole community, catechumens celebrate the liturgy of the word at Mass each Sunday. After the homily, the catechumens and their catechists (teachers) continue to study and ponder the Scriptures and the teachings of the Church. During this time, catechumens receive anointings, participate in prayers of exorcism and blessing, and take part in the mission of the Church to the world. Through prayer, learning and coming to know other Catholic Christians, catechumens discover the love and power of God in their lives and in the Church.
Election or Enrollment of Names. At this liturgical rite, usually celebrated on the First Sunday of Lent in the cathedral of the diocese, the bishop formally acknowledges the readiness of the catechumens and calls them to the sacraments of initiation. The catechumens respond by expressing their desire for these sacraments. From this time, until they are baptized, they are called the elect.
Period of Purification and Enlightenment. This time of intense preparation for initiation usually coincides with Lent. During this period, the elect and the parish community together focus on conversion, scrutinize their lives in light of the gospel and celebrate the presentations of the Creed and Lord's Prayer.
Sacraments of Initiation. The elect become full members of the Body of Christ, the Church, through the celebration of the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, usually at the Easter Vigil. From this time until the end of the period of mystagogy, they are known as neophytes, "new sprouts."
Period of Mystagogy. During the fifty-day season of Easter, neophytes ponder the experience and meaning of the sacraments and participate with the faithful in the Eucharistic life of the Church and its mission for justice and peace. Formation and teaching continue for one year to help the neophytes become incorporated into the full life of the Christian community.
WHAT ABOUT CHILDREN?
CAN THEY CONVERT? HOW?
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the norm for initiation of all adults; it applies also to children of catechetical age (generally age seven). In regard to Sacraments of Initiation, children attain the status of adults at the age of reason under our Code of Canon Law (RCIA 18).
Thus, any child not baptized that is over the age of reason and desires to become Catholic can participate in the Christian Initiation process which leads them to the celebration of the three Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist and (if applicable) Confirmation. If the child has been baptized under the Trinity, they would join other children of the same age in our Religious Education classes.
The RCIA process is adapted to meet the specific needs of children and youth. We have a very Christ-like and experienced Director of Religious Education who can assist you with any questions you may have. Give us a call anytime!