General Information about the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
Rite of Election and Calls to Continuing Conversion
Each Lent Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan celebrates the Rite of Election with catechumens
at St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral. Calls to Continuing Conversion with candidates for full
communion into the Catholic Church as well as with Catholic candidates completing their Christian
Initiation through the sacraments of Holy Eucharist and/or Confirmation are usually held early
in Lent in various regions of the Archdiocese. Parishes are urged to bring their catechumens
and candidates to celebrate these rites. Call the Office of Worship and Christian Initiation
for dates and locations.
The RCIA subcommittee assists the Office of Worship and Christian Initiation in promoting Christian
Initiation in the Archdiocese. They help develop training and catechetical programs and assist
in Archdiocesan Initiation celebrations
Periodically, Christian Initiation News, a newsletter on Christian Initiation is published
through the Office of Worship and Christian Initiation. Call to be added to the mailing list.
The RCIA subcommittee sponsors workshops each year to assist RCIA coordinators and RCIA teams
in understanding and implementing Christian Initiation. Call the Office for workshop titles,
dates and locations.
Outline of Stages and Rites of the RCIA*
Period of Evangelization and Precatechumenate
Rite: Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens
Period of the Catechumenate
Rite: Rite of Election
Period of Purification and Enlightenment
Rite: Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation (at Easter Vigil)
Period of Postbaptismal Catechesis or Mystagogy
Rite: Lifelong Participation in the Celebration of Sunday Mass
* Note that there are additional rites that belong to various
periods. Only the culminating rites are listed.