Beginning in September, we meet every Thursday night from 7:00-8:30 pm, focusing on various topics. The RCIA process has several distinct stages. These Catholic RCIA stages serve as a model for faith development. The stages in the process are:
Inquiry: The initial period before you decide to enter the Catholic Church. You're asking questions and checking it out, but aren't yet ready to commit.
Catechumenate: Those who decide to enter the Church and are being trained for a life in Christ are called catechumens, an ancient name from the early Church. In this stage, you're developing your faith and are being "catechized" — learning the basic points about Catholic faith and life. The catechumens (not baptized) and candidates (baptized) will be introduced to the congregation as the Elect at a designated Mass called the Rite of Acceptance.
Purification and Preparation: The Church will help you focus and intensify your faith as you prepare to commit your life to Christ and be received into the Church at Easter. Catechumens and candidates will take part in a retreat and in the Rite of Election, where they will be introduced to the Bishop of the Salina Diocese.
Initiation: The culmination of the whole process! You're received into the Church during the Easter Vigil Mass, where you'll receive the sacraments of initiation: baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist. (If you've already been baptized, you won't be baptized again.)
Mystagogy: After reception into the Church at Easter, this period lets you reflect and learn more about the mysteries of the Mass and the Sacraments that you now participate in fully.