What Is Christian Initiation?

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What Is Christian Initiation?

  1. 1. Christian Initiation (RCIA) Mr. Pablo Cuadra Religion Class
  2. 2. What is initiation? <ul><li>1. The process of being admitted to a group or an organization. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What does initiation entail? <ul><li>Initiation usually involves a process of </li></ul><ul><li>A. preparation </li></ul><ul><li>B. instruction </li></ul><ul><li>C. testing </li></ul>
  4. 4. How does the Church welcome its new members? <ul><li>The Church welcomes new members through a process of initiation called RCIA </li></ul>
  5. 5. What does RCIA stand for? <ul><li>RCIA stands for: </li></ul><ul><li>Rite of Christian Initiation for adults </li></ul>
  6. 6. What is the purpose of RCIA? <ul><li>To welcome new members into the Church and prepare them to receive the sacraments of initiation. </li></ul><ul><li>The sacraments of initiation are: baptism, Eucharist, confirmation. </li></ul>
  7. 7. What are the elements of the RCIA? <ul><li>A. Proclamation of the of the word of God. </li></ul><ul><li>B. Acceptance of the Gospel </li></ul><ul><li>C. Conversion </li></ul><ul><li>D. Profession of faith </li></ul><ul><li>E. Sacraments of initiation. </li></ul>
  8. 8. How long is the RCIA? <ul><li>The RCIA can last several years. </li></ul>
  9. 9. What is the structure of the RCIA? <ul><li>The RCIA is divided into four periods and three steps or liturgical rites . </li></ul><ul><li>A Period is a stage in the process of initiation. </li></ul><ul><li>A step is a rite within a period that marks the end of that period . </li></ul>
  10. 10. What are the periods of the RCIA? <ul><li>A. Evangelization and Precatechumenate </li></ul><ul><li>B. Catechumenate </li></ul><ul><li>C. Purification and Enlightenment </li></ul><ul><li>D. Mystagogy. </li></ul>
  11. 11. What are the steps of the RCIA? <ul><li>Remember steps are rituals (ceremonies) that mark the end of a period . </li></ul><ul><li>These steps are: </li></ul><ul><li>1. Rite of Acceptance into the order of catechumenate (marks the end of the Period of Evangelization ) </li></ul><ul><li>2. Rite of Election or enrollment of names (Marks the end of the period of Catechumenate) </li></ul><ul><li>3. Sacraments of initiation (Marks the end of the Period of Purification and enlightenment ). </li></ul>
  12. 12. Pre-Catechumenate 1 Catechumenate 2 Purification and enlightenment 3 Mystagogy 4 1 2 3 Steps Rite of acceptance Enrollment Of names Sacraments of initiation Periods
  13. 13. What is the period of Evangelization about? <ul><li>A time of inquiry. </li></ul><ul><li>A time of evangelization (proclamation of the Good News) </li></ul><ul><li>A time to be informed about the Catholic faith </li></ul><ul><li>A time to think about the possibility of becoming a Catholic </li></ul>
  14. 14. What happens at the end of this period? <ul><li>A. At the end of the period of Evangelization inquirers enter the process of catechumenate. </li></ul><ul><li>B. This is called the first step: Acceptance into the order of catechumens. </li></ul><ul><li>C. inquirers are now called catechumens (those being instructed). </li></ul>
  15. 15. What is the second Period about? <ul><li>The second period is called Catechumenate. </li></ul><ul><li>The catechumenate is a time of instruction and conversion. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Who are the main figures during the period of catechumenate? <ul><li>A. the Faithful </li></ul><ul><li>B. sponsors </li></ul><ul><li>C. catechist (those giving the instruction) </li></ul><ul><li>D. deacons </li></ul><ul><li>E. Priests </li></ul><ul><li>F. Parish staff </li></ul>
  17. 17. What do catechumens do during this period of Catechumenate? <ul><li>Catechumens joined the community to study, live and celebrate the Christian faith for which they are preparing for. </li></ul>
  18. 18. How does the Catechumenate take place? <ul><li>In four ways: </li></ul><ul><li>A. Through the teaching and rules of the Church. </li></ul><ul><li>B. Prayer, retreats, spiritual direction, conversion. </li></ul><ul><li>C. Through the liturgy of the word. (the first part of the mass) </li></ul><ul><li>D. Service ( Community and parish) </li></ul>
  19. 19. What happens during this period? <ul><li>The second step takes place </li></ul><ul><li>This step is called “Election or enrollment of names. </li></ul>
  20. 20. What is the meaning of the second step? <ul><li>This step marks the end of the period called catechumenate. </li></ul><ul><li>This rite or step is celebrated at the beginning of Lent and marks the beginning of the period of final preparation. </li></ul><ul><li>The names of those to be baptized are chosen. </li></ul>
  21. 21. What is the period of purification and enlightenment? <ul><li>A. This period is a time for intense spiritual preparation. </li></ul><ul><li>B. Is a time for repentance, renewal </li></ul><ul><li>C. Takes place during Lent </li></ul>
  22. 22. What is the third step? <ul><li>The third step takes place at the end of the period of purification and enlightenment. </li></ul><ul><li>This rite consist of the sacraments of initiation: baptism, Eucharist, and confirmation. </li></ul><ul><li>The catechumens are now called neophytes (new growth). </li></ul>
  23. 23. What is Mystagogy? <ul><li>Mystagogy is the period of ongoing instruction after baptism. </li></ul><ul><li>It coincides with the fifty days of Easter </li></ul><ul><li>Is a time of mentoring and welcoming of the new Christians. </li></ul>
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