The RCIA Process for the Border Town Parishes

Serving St. Anne's (St. Anne, IL) and St. Patrick's (Momence)

What is RCIA?

 

"Lord, God You created us And you give us life. Bless these children and add them to your family. May they be joyful in the life you won for us Through Christ our Lord." AMEN - Prayer over the Elect – Rite of Election

 

If any adult over the age of fourteen wishes to receive the sacraments at the Easter Vigil (April 3, 2021), please contact the parish office at  (815) 472-2864 or (815) 427-8265. Fr. Pete Jankowski will be holding all RCIA Sessions online this year via Zoom. Sessions will be held on Wednesday nights from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

 

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WEDNESDAY NIGHT ZOOM MEETING

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RCIA CLASS MATERIALS


Basic Prayers & Guidelines of the Catholic Church

Basic Prayers & Guidelines of the Catholic Church (in Spanish)

Online Resource to the New American Bible

Online Resource to the Reina Valera Bible (in Spanish)

Online Resource for the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Online Resource for the Catechism of the Church (Spanish)

RCIA Glossary (English) - RCIA Glossary (Spanish)

 

Week One: Introduction

 

RCIA Designations

RCIA Designations (Spanish)

Class One Homework

Class One Homework (Spanish)

Week Two: Old Testament I

 

PDF of Lecture

Questions on the Torah

(ANSWER KEY)

25 Questions on the

Old Testament (Spanish)

 

Week Three: Old Testament II

 

PDF of  Lecture

Questions on the Old Testament

How to Understand the Bible

Reflecting on the Sunday Readings

Week Four: The New Testament (Gospels)

 

PDF of Lecture

Questions on the Synoptic Gospels (ANSWER KEY)

Questions on the Gospel of John (Answer Key)

A Summary of the Four Gospels

 

Week Five: The New Testament (St. Paul)

 

PDF of Lecture

Questions on Pauline Literature (ANSWER KEY)

The Chrolology on

the Life of St. Paul

The Journeys of St. Paul

Week Six: Trinitarian Theology

 

PDF of Lecture

Major Heresies of the Church

Questions on the Trinity

(ANSWER KEY)

Who is the Holy Spirit?

Week Seven:

On the Church

 

PDF of Lecture

Questions on the Church (ANSWER KEY)

A Timeline of Church History

Ten Peak Moments

of Church History

The Eastern & Western Churches

The Litany of Saints

The Roman Curia -

How the Church is Run

The 21 Ecumenical Councils

of the Catholic Church

 

Week Eight:

The Liturgical Year

 

PDF of Lecture

The Liturgical Year

(ANSWER KEY)

The Liturgical Year HANDOUT

Calendar of Liturgical Days

Year of Grace - 2021 Liturgical Calendar (English)

Year of Grace - 2021 Liturgical Calendar (Spanish)

VIDEO on the Liturgical

Year with Fr. Pete

 

 

 

Week Nine:

The Holy Mass

 

PDF of Lecture

The Holy Mass

(ANSWER KEY)

 

A Tour of the Church

HANDOUT

VIDEO - PART ONE

VIDEO - PART TWO

 

A Walk through a Mass

HANDOUT

PART ONE

PART TWO

Items Used at Mass

A Glossary of the Mass

 

The Real Presence

HANDOUT

VIDEO

 

 

What is Our History?

 

In the early church small Christian communities took individuals into their group of believers and introduced them to their way of life. In those days persecution of Christians was prevalent. Newcomers knew that commitment to this faith could lead them to imprisonment and death. Still many wanted to be members of this group!

By the 2nd and 3rd Century initiation into the faith began to take on formal shape! This was the beginning of a “catechumenate”. The Roman Emperor Constantine made the Christian Religion legal, in 313. At that time there were large numbers of men and women who wanted to join the Christian Community. The quality of their preparation and catechesis however was deficient.

By the 5th Century all of the Western World was Christian. Infant Baptism was the traditional way one entered the Catholic Church. The catechumenate basically died until the 20th Century.

In the 20th Century catechumenal structures began to be revived in Africa and in France. Catholic missionaries recognized the need for Christian tradition to be established in foreign countries. In France problems arose because of the large number of non-practicing Catholics. At the Vatican II Council the bishops voted on the restoration of the catechumenate with a vote of 2,165 Yes’s and only 9 No’s (there was 1 null vote). In 1966 the provisional ritual was published. This was followed by a second draft in 1969 distributed for experimentation.

In 1972 the Vatican promulgated the Order of Christian Initiation of Adults and in 1986 the United States bishops approved additions to the Order and National Statutes and a national plan for implementation. In 1988 in the United States the implementation of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults became mandatory for all at the age of reason or older who have not yet been baptized.

 

An Introduction

 

The process by which adults come into the Church has come to be known as “RCIA”, which is short for “The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.”

The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is to be a process, not a program. It forms a community of inquirers, sponsors and guides moving through the education, formation and ritualization of entrance into the Catholic community, whereby those interested in learning about the Catholic faith come together on a weekly basis to learn about the scriptures and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, and at the same time, to discover where God is present in their lives.

The process is designed for those adults and children over the age of seven who are:

  • The unbaptized. The primary focus of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is on those who are not already Christian and have not been catechized.
  • Baptized but uncatechized. Those who have been baptized either as Roman Catholics or as members of another Christian community but did not receive further catechetical formation or instruction. These typically have also not celebrated confirmation nor Eucharist.
  • Those seeking full Catholic Communion. These are baptized, practicing Christians from other denominations who seek entry into the Catholic Church.

In the case of children who have reached the age of reason, the proper pastor should be consulted for information about Baptism and the other Sacraments of Initiation.