Friday, December 5, 2014

Welcome with Joy Our Catechumens

LaTonya Jackson
Jena Ruiz
Today we welcome LaTonya Jackson and Jena Ruiz as Catechumens in the RCIA process.  LaTonya and Jenna have been studying, discussing, praying and discerning the call of the Holy Spirit in their hearts as God beckons them into a closer relationship with Him in HIs Church.  As a Catholic Christian Community, we welcome them as fellow seekers as they journey in discipleship of Jesus Christ.  Please welcome them with the love of Christ in communal fellowship and join them in your prayers.

Deacon Don 

The Rite of Acceptance
The Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens (Rite of Acceptance) is the first of the “threshold rites” of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), and the first public ritual. In the Rite of Acceptance, a change of identity takes place: those previously known as inquirers become catechumens. They are officially welcomed by the Church as disciples, members (albeit not yet full members) of the household of faith.The text calls this rite “the first consecration by the Church”1 of those seeking Christian initiation. They are literally marked with the cross of Christ as God’s own. Consequently, the gathered community and its welcome, as well as the inquirers and their promise of discipleship, are essential to this rite. Except in extraordinary circumstances, it is celebrated at a Sunday Mass, so that “the entire Christian community…take an active part in the celebration.”