RCIA

RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

RCICCA – Rite of Christian Initiation for Children of

                  Catechetical Age

 

DESCRIPTION

The Process by which ALL Adults and ALL Children of teachable age are to be initiated into the Catholic Faith.  It is open ended and has no time limit.  It is akin to apprenticing rather than classroom teaching.

 

Vatican 2 called for the Restoration of the Catechumenate, and in 1992 the Bishops of NZ declared the RCIA is the NORMAL way people are to be initiated into the Catholic Faith.  People “fall” into a number of categories.

 

Adults:

Unbaptised

Baptised in another Faith

Baptised Catholic but never catechised or never practised the faith

Baptised and Practising in another Faith.

 

Children:

Unbaptised

Baptised in another Faith

Baptised Catholic has reached the age of reason but never catechised or never practised the faith.

Baptised and Practising in another Faith.

 

Catholic Infants:

Baptised as infants or young children. Taught and practise the faith and finally initiated at the age of reason. (see Diocesan Sacramental Policy).

 

Each person requires a tailored apprenticeship of catechesis, conversion and practise.

The PASTOR needs to decide which details of the process is best applied to each person and each parish.

 

FUNCTION

INITIATION of new members into the faith.

 

RESOURCES/SERVICES

Official Document:  The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Manuals:

1.         Resources for Christian Living: - RCIA Foundations in  Faith Series

2.         Brisbane Archdiocese Manual for RCIA

3.         Hamilton Diocese RCICCA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Children of Catechetical Age)

 

CONTACT

RCIA Co-ordinator

Chanel Centre

51 Grey Street, Hamilton

Phone:  07 856 6989

Email: rcia@cdh.org.nz

Comments