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  • How to Become a Catholic (Explanation of the Inquiry and RCIA process)

    04/21/2014 8:51:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 195 replies
    CatholicAnswers ^ | August 10, 2004 | CatholicAnswers
    How to Become a Catholic Becoming Catholic is one of life’s most profound and joyous experiences. Some are blessed enough to receive this great gift while they are infants, and, over time, they recognize the enormous grace that has been bestowed on them. Others enter the Catholic fold when they are older children or adults. This tract examines the joyful process by which one becomes a Catholic. A person is brought into full communion with the Catholic Church through reception of the three sacraments of Christian initiation—baptism, confirmation, and the holy Eucharist—but the process by which one becomes a Catholic...
  • Canon Law and Non-Infant Baptism

    01/09/2014 11:27:51 AM PST · by Weiss White · 40 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | January 9, 2014 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: My neighbors are Catholics who didnt practice the faith for years, but now they are returning to the Church. Their children were never baptized, so they went to the parish priest to arrange for their baptism. But he refused, because he said the children are too old! He claims the children are mature enough to decide for themselves if they want to be Catholic or not. The whole thing sounds bizarre. The parents truly want to raise their children as Catholics. Is it possible the priest doubts their sincerity? What can they do? Rachel A: Its impossible to be...
  • Easter Rebirth [at the Easter Vigil]

    03/30/2013 9:55:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | March 28, 2013 | Joyce P. Simkin
    EasterRebirth March 28, 2013 by Joyce P. Simkin Each year when the crocuses bloom I think back to my full initiation into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil in 1997. All adults preparing for initiation into the Catholic Church converts from other Christian faiths; non-Christian converts; and those who, like me, were baptized Catholic but never had their First Communion nor had been confirmed must attend R.C.I.A. classes in order to learn about Catholic beliefs and traditions and hopefully, in the process, strengthen their faith and grow close to God.R.C.I.A. stands for Rite of Christian Initiation...
  • Why Attend the Easter Vigil?

    03/30/2013 9:43:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 29 replies ^ | March 24, 2013 | Deanna Bartalini
    Why Attend the Easter Vigil? By Deanna Bartalini - Posted on March 24, 2013 Why Attend the Easter Vigil? For many years I avoided the Easter Vigil like you avoid people who have a stomach virus. At some point in my career as a parish minister I needed to attend. I was not really looking forward to it. I had heard it was very long, with many readings and a long homily. At that time I worked at our dioceses Cathedral but even the thought of celebrating Easter with the Bishop did not tempt me. But duty called and...
  • Thousands Joining [Catholic] Church at Easter in US [Catholic Caucus]

    04/16/2011 10:34:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 48 replies ^ | APRIL 15, 2011 |
    Thousands Joining Church at Easter in US Bishops' Conference Features Conversion Stories Online WASHINGTON, D.C., APRIL 15, 2011 ( Tens of thousands of new Catholics are expected to join the Church at Easter, including a former Planned Parenthood director and seven members of the same family. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) released the statistics of those expected to join the Church based on participation in the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion, a step in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults that takes place at the beginning of Lent.Among those preparing to enter the...
  • Catholic Biblical Apologetics: The Process of Christian Initiation

    02/09/2010 5:58:08 PM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies · 225+ views ^ | 1985-1991 | Dr. Robert Schihl and Paul Flanagan
    Catholic Biblical Apologetics Apologetics without apology! What does the Roman Catholic Church teach about ...? ... and why? This website surveys the origin and development of Roman Catholic Christianity from the period of the apostolic church, through the post-apostolic church and into the conciliar movement. Principal attention is paid to the biblical basis of both doctrine and dogma as well as the role of paradosis (i.e. handing on the truth) in the history of the Church. Particular attention is also paid to the hierarchical founding and succession of leadership throughout the centuries. This is a set of lecture notes...
  • The Catholic Truth: Where To Begin

    07/22/2009 3:51:25 PM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies · 318+ views
    The Catholic Truth ^ | not given | The Catholic Truth
    Where To Begin Now that you have decided to learn more about your Catholic Faith, where do you begin? Rather than point you to a text book or a list of facts, our unique 10-step plan uses a more "holistic" approach to teaching the Catholic Faith. In addition to presenting the teachings of the Catholic Church, our method also makes use of the Sacraments, prayer, Sacred Scripture and the intercession of The Blessed Mother. You will also have the ability to ask us questions and receive prompt responses. The benefit of this approach is that, in addition...
  • Video on Sunday's Lectionary Readings

    07/11/2009 12:25:47 AM PDT · by Mighty_Quinn · 5 replies · 372+ views
    A new video series on the Sunday Lectionary readings offered by Prof. Michael Barber of John Paul the Great Catholic University. The video was produced by students there.
  • How Does a Person Become a Catholic? [Ecumenical]

    01/26/2009 5:35:29 PM PST · by Salvation · 71 replies · 894+ views ^ | 2001 |
    How Does a Person Become a Catholic? to Seek Ye FirstThere are several ways to become a Catholic. The Catholic Church warmly welcomes new members and tries to provide appropriate spiritual formation according to each person's needs. In general, though, people who are becoming Catholic fall into three categories: infants and young children; people who, whether baptized or unbaptized, have had little or no affiliation with or religious training int the Christian faith; and baptized people who have been active members in other Christian denominations.Infants and Young ChildrenChildren who are born or adopted into Catholic families usually are baptized as...
  • Any RCIA Teachers Out There?

    11/15/2008 9:01:03 AM PST · by bboop · 9 replies · 433+ views
    self ^ | 11.15.08 | self
    Our DRE just quit, and it looks like my husband and I will be stepping in to teach the RCIA class. Any FReepers out there teaching RCIA? Do you have a curriculum you love? Suggestions? Can we chat?
  • Beginning Catholic: The RCIA Inquiry Stage In the Catholic Church [Ecumenical]

    07/23/2008 10:30:03 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies · 910+ views ^ | not avaialabe |
    The RCIA Inquiry Stage In the Catholic Church Thinking about joining the Catholic Church, and feeling a little lost? Here's some detailed, Christ-centered guidance on faith development during the RCIA inquiry stage. The RCIA inquiry stage is the starting place for adults who are thinking about entering the Catholic Church. "Be still, and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10 In the inquiry stage, you're just finding out about Jesus, Christianity, and the Catholic Church. Talk to people, walk around in our shoes for a bit and get a feel for the place. As an inquirer, you're not yet...
  • Beginning Catholic: A Strong Start in the Faith: The Catholic RCIA Stages [Ecumenical]

    07/23/2008 10:12:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies · 955+ views
    Beginning ^ | not available |
    A Strong Start in the Faith: The Catholic RCIA Stages Thinking of joining the Roman Catholic Church? The Catholic RCIA stages are a good model of basic faith development. This article provides some detailed guidance for that process. So, you're developing your faith. Great! Is it a little overwhelming? Where to start? Why so many "stages" of initiation? What should I be doing in each stage? How will I know when I'm ready to move forward? This article is your best starting point to answer these questions, and more. I'll provide you with some fundamentals centered in Christ ...
  • A Ramble through My "New Catholic" Wish List {RCIA referenced]

    04/18/2007 10:58:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies · 754+ views ^ | April 17, 2005 | Mark Shea
    Mark Shea Other Articles by Mark SheaPrinter Friendly Version A Ramble through My "New Catholic" Wish List April 17, 2007I am a "double-jump" convert to the Catholic Faith. I was raised Nothing-in-Particular (with a cloudy pagan regard for "the spiritual" and a deep disdain of "organized religion"). Then, at the age of 20, I had a sort of classic "born again" experience after an encounter with the living God revealed in Jesus Christ. Looking around me, I found that the people who had introduced me to Jesus were the non-denominational Evangelicals and charismatics on my dorm floor at...
  • Thousands Joining Catholic Church Holy Saturday; Among Them Priests Father, Family of Ten

    04/05/2007 10:33:39 AM PDT · by NYer · 44 replies · 901+ views
    USCCB ^ | April 3, 2007
    WASHINGTON (April 3, 2007)Tens of thousands of people will join the Catholic Church on Holy Saturday, April 7, through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Many of them, known as catechumens, participated in the Rite of Election with their bishops at the beginning of Lent and will be baptized, confirmed and receive Holy Eucharist for the first time on Holy Saturday. Those known as candidates, who were already baptized but did not receive further catechetical formation, have been pursuing an adapted version of formation and will complete their initiation. Other candidates, who were baptized as members of another...
  • Is your Catholic Religion-Bible Studies-RCIA Instructor literally paranoid?

    01/10/2007 4:24:37 PM PST · by Dennis Paul Morony · 18 replies · 703+ views
    [Article within] Off stage / on display: intimacy and ethnography in the age of public culture | 2004 | Glaeser, Andreas
    Or is he (she) simply "overmedicated?" Because if the problems for the students don't stem from drugs, like a 100%, there may be something else at work here.
  • Help with RCIA (Vanity)

    05/31/2006 7:26:49 AM PDT · by Juana la Loca · 67 replies · 1,737+ views
    I was hoping some of my fellow Catholic Freepers could provide me with some direction. I attend a small parish in NE GA. The RCIA director has announced that he is retiring from his post, and they have asked me to take his place. I have been scouring the Internet for RCIA lesson plans and course outlines, but haven't found anything all that stellar. Does anyone have any suggestions or resources that they could recommend to help me plan an orthodox Catholic RCIA curriculum?
  • Easter Vigil tonight

    04/15/2006 12:04:05 PM PDT · by Brytani · 78 replies · 1,235+ views
    Self | 04/15/2006 | Brytani
    Tonight being Easter Vigil is a special night for those in the RCIA program. Tonight, they will receive full acceptance into the Church including Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation.
  • Traveling the Path to Catholicism

    04/12/2006 9:37:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 31 replies · 678+ views
    Catholic ^ | 04-12-06 | Fr. William Saunders
    byFr. William Saunders Other Articles byFr. William Saunders Traveling the Path to Catholicism 04/12/06 Recently I saw a picture showing the Rite of Election at the cathedral. Would you please explain more about the Rite of Election and RCIA? When I was growing up, we did not have such a program. The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is a formal program of catechetical instruction, ascetical practice (prayer and spirituality), and liturgies whereby adults called catechumens are formally admitted into the Church and receive the sacraments of initiation baptism, confirmation, and holy Eucharist. (The sacrament...
  • Rite of election draws more than one thousand in perspective of baptism at National Shrine

    03/07/2006 8:48:07 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies · 225+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | March 7, 2006
    Washington DC, Mar. 07, 2006 (CNA) - More than 1,000 children, teenagers and adults filled the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Northeast yesterday to prepare to enter the Catholic Church this Easter. A number that is increasing each year. Children and adults and their families and friends joined church officials in the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion, a liturgy marking the final period of preparation before the sacraments of initiation at Easter. The liturgy is held each year on the first Sunday of Lent. As many as 1,233 people are expected to...
  • Catholic Liturgy - Funeral Masses for a Suicide And More on Confession for RCIA Candidates

    11/16/2005 12:06:35 AM PST · by NYer · 3 replies · 968+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | November 15, 2005 | Father Edward McNamara
    ROME, NOV. 15, 2005 ( Answered by Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University. Q: What is the current stand of the Church regarding the possibility of funeral Masses "in corpore presente" of persons who are said to have committed suicide? Is it true that there already are mitigating circumstances, like the possibility of irrationality at the moment of taking one's life (even if there was no note), whereby it would be possible to suppose that the person was not in his right mind, and that therefore it is licit to let the funeral entourage...
  • Confession for RCIA Candidates And More on the Prayer of the Faithful

    11/01/2005 5:44:29 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies · 852+ views
    Zenit News Service ^ | November 1, 2005 | Father Edward McNamara
    ROME, NOV. 1, 2005 ( Answered by Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University. Q: Recently I received a baptized Christian into the Catholic Church during a Mass in which the person received holy Communion. The RCIA ritual encourages the candidate to go to confession before the Mass and Communion, and this was done. However, since the confession was made before the candidate was actually in the Catholic Church, how could it have been a valid Catholic sacrament? Or does the absolution take effect only when the person is received into the Church? I cannot...
  • Real Catholics, Warts and All

    05/19/2005 2:44:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 111 replies · 1,709+ views ^ | 05-19-05 | Heidi Hess Saxton
    byHeidi Hess Saxton Other Articles byHeidi Hess Saxton Real Catholics, Warts and All 05/19/05 In 1988, contemporary recording artist John Fischer launched his bestseller Real Christians (Dont) Dance, an unabashed manifesto of those who refuse to put form ahead of substance, and charity above all. After ten years spent in various Catholic parishes and groups, Ive discovered that much of what Fischer says about Evangelical Protestants applies equally as well to Catholics: There are Pharisees on both sides of the great ecclesial divide, who (as Jesus observed) are excruciatingly attentive to detail, yet never think to welcome the stranger...
  • More Than 150,000 People to Join Catholic Church Holy Saturday

    03/24/2005 2:16:23 PM PST · by siunevada · 9 replies · 869+ views
    USCCB ^ | March 17, 2005 | USCCB Staff
    WASHINGTON (March 17, 2005)More than 150,000 Americans will join the Catholic Church on Holy Saturday, March 26, through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Among them, almost 65,000 participated in the Rite of Election with their bishops at the beginning of Lent. About 27,500 of the group will be baptized, confirmed and receive Holy Eucharist for the first time on Holy Saturday. More than 36,000, who already have been baptized, will embrace full membership in the Catholic Church. With 87 percent of the U.S. dioceses reporting, the 2005 numbers exceed those of 2004. Another estimated 90,000 men and...
  • Father John McCloskey: Catholic Evangelist [to the smart and famous] Lent Appropriate

    03/05/2005 12:34:44 PM PST · by ex-snook · 8 replies · 551+ views
    Ethics & Religionby Michael J. McManus Return to Column Index August 2, 2003 Column #1,144 Father John McCloskey: Catholic Evangelist America's most successful Catholic evangelist since Bishop Fulton J. Sheen is not at all as famous as the bishop was in the 1950s with a weekly network TV show. You have probably never heard of Father C. John McCloskey. However, consider some of his converts: - Dr. Bernard Nathanson, founder of the National Abortion Rights Action League, who was personally involved in 75,000 abortions, before becoming a prominent pro-life advocate with the book "Aborting America" and the stunning video,...
  • Thousands prepare to join U.S. Catholic Church this Easter

    02/26/2005 6:35:26 AM PST · by NYer · 107 replies · 3,103+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | February 25, 2005
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- During this year's Easter Vigil Masses, tens of thousands of people across the country will be welcomed into the Catholic Church. Last year more than 150,000 Americans were baptized as Catholics or joined in full communion with the church during the Easter Vigil. Those who are not yet baptized are called catechumens. At Easter they receive all three sacraments of Christian initiation -- baptism, confirmation and their first Eucharist. Those already baptized in other churches or who were baptized Catholic but not raised in the faith are called candidates. At Easter they receive confirmation and the Eucharist....
  • What Theyre Teaching Johnny

    10/27/2004 4:35:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies · 957+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | October 23, 2004 | Carlos Briceno
    NEWTON, Mass. L. George Chedid wants his eldest son to learn about math and science and all the rest of the academic subjects that children learn in elementary school. But he draws the line at his boy learning about same-sex marriage especially at the impressionable age of 7. Chedids son was in first grade at Burr Elementary School in Newton, Mass., last spring when the principal announced over the intercom that the state was officially recognizing same-sex marriages. The school then sent several of its homosexual teachers to various classrooms from kindergarten through fifth grade to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-14-04

    03/14/2004 1:53:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 12 replies · 156+ views American Bible ^ | 03-14-04 | New American Bible
    March 14, 2004Third Sunday of Lent Psalm: Sunday 14 Reading I Responsorial Psalm Reading II Gospel Reading IEx 3:1-8a, 13-15 Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian.Leading the flock across the desert, he came to Horeb,the mountain of God.There an angel of the LORD appeared to Moses in fireflaming out of a bush.As he looked on, he was surprised to see that the bush,though on fire, was not consumed.So Moses decided,"I must go over to look at this remarkable sight,and see why the bush is not burned." When the LORD saw him coming over...
  • RCIA and Holy Saturday

    04/19/2003 11:00:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies · 773+ views ^ | 2002 | USCCB
    Q&A - RCIA and Holy Saturday On Holy Saturday, April 11, the Catholic Church in the United States will receive tens of thousands of men and women in the Church. Parishes welcome these new members through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and a ceremony bringing men and women into full communion with the Catholic Church. Listed here are some questions and answers related to these events. What is the RCIA? The RCIA, which stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is a process through which non-baptized men and women enter the Catholic Church. It includes...