is the process that helps adults answer God’s call to conversion
and discipleship. Adults who welcome God’s call and freely
respond to it, have the opportunity to receive instruction on
the teachings of God and the Catholic Church. If you, or someone
you know, want to answer His call and/or get more information,
contact Pat & Andy Moletzsky (610-272-9362).
RCIA at Sacred Heart
• Pre-Catechumenate (Period of Inquiry) -
This is a time, of no fixed
duration or structure, to learn the “basics” of Catholic Christianity
through topical presentations and small group discussions. During this period,
the group gets to know each other. We’ll discuss what God means to you,
what role He plays in your life and what you may be “looking for”.
Come and See. It’s a time of understanding, story telling and how it will
change your life.
• Period of the Catechumenate - At the end of the Inquiry period, if you
desire to continue, and the Church accepts your intention, you will receive the
Rite of Acceptance. This leads into a more in-depth stage of structured teaching
and formation. The period of the Catechumenate is a lengthy period, whose duration
is correspondent to individual progress. Seekers who have not received Christian
baptism are accepted as Catechumens; those joining the Catholic Church from another
Christian tradition are enrolled as Candidates.
• Rite of Election or Enrollment of Names - This rite is usually celebrated
at the beginning of Lent, where the Church formally acknowledges your readiness
to receive the Sacraments. Now your called the Elect.
• The Period of Purification and Enlightenment - Now the Elect move
into a more intense period of spiritual preparation for the Easter sacraments
(Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation). It’s marked with specific Rites
and Scrutinies, Reflection, Contemplation, and is intensely centered on conversion.
During this period of preparation, you will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
As Our Lord is resurrected from the dead, so to, will you rise up in your newness
as a Catholic Christian.
The final period is called Mystogogia - You are now called
a neophyte. This means, “newly converted”. Because you
will be so “young” in
the newness of your conversion, it is the responsibility of the
Church community to help you to more deeply understand your faith
and to grow in deepening your grasp of the paschal mystery. It is
also a time of great importance to the faith community. Because
as we help and watch you, we are called to continue our own conversion.
To make God first in our lives. To spread His good news.