The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a formation program for adults, and for children over the age of seven years, to be initiated into the faith of the Roman Catholic Church. Sacramental initiation into the faith of the Catholic Church is centered on Jesus Christ in the Holy Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Holy Eucharist. Participants are formed with teachings and small group discussion around the primary topics central to our walk with God in this life. Sacramental initiation is a life process.
People who are inquiring about the Catholic faith begin with the Period of Pre-catechumenate and they ask questions: Why are we here? What do we believe? Who is God for us and who are we for God? Why Church? What are Virtues? What is Divine Revelation in Sacred Scripture? Why Prayer? And, what is the meaning of God’s incarnation?
Next is the Period of the Catechumenate. In the Catechumenate, we ask the questions: Who is Jesus? What are the Sacraments of Initiation? What are the Sacraments of Healing? And, what are the Sacraments of Vocation?
Following Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Sacred Season of Lent, Catechumens participate in the Rite of Sending forth from St. Edward’s Parish and travel to the Cathedral of Miami to participate with the Archbishop of Miami in the Rite of Election where each Catechumen signs the Book of the Elect and the Archbishop declares the Catechumens now to be the Elect of God for the Archdiocese of Miami.
This begins the Period of Purification and Enlightenment where we ask the question: What is sin? During this period, the Elect of God participates in the three Scrutinies and two presentations while asking the questions: How can I live as a beatitude? Where are we going? And, what are the Holy Week Liturgies about?
We complete the Sacred Season of Lent during Holy Week and, having arrived at the time of their initiation, the Elect participate in the Rite of Initiation of the Elect at the Easter Vigil with the Liturgy of Light, Word, Christian Initiation and the Holy Eucharist. The Elect are now fully initiated and called Neophytes. The Neophytes now enter the Period of Mystagogia. We ask about the Holy Spirit in our lives and how we are to live God’s Word in our lives. The culminating event for the Neophytes is the Neophyte Mass with the Archbishop at the Cathedral of St. Mary’s a few weeks after Easter.
For those Christians who are already baptized but have not been fully initiated into the Catholic Church, they will complete formation as Candidates and then participate with the Archbishop in the Rite of Reception at the Cathedral of St. Mary’s in Miami after Easter.
Catholics who have been baptized and receive the Holy Eucharist, but have not been confirmed, may seek Confirmation as Candidates through formation and participating during the scheduled Confirmation Rites with the Bishop at St. Edward’s Parish.
If you seek, ask to contact Deacon Carl Cramer at St. Edward’s Parish our RCIA Coordinator. Knock and Jesus will open the door. All you have to do is walk through.
Sessions run from the third week of September through the end of Eastertide each year.