What is the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults? The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a gradual process through which the community of the faithful, the Church, receives those who are seeking to become Christian or who are seeking full communion with the Catholic Church.

Whom is the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults for? It is for people who have not been baptized and/or come from a non-Christian background. It is also for people baptized in another Christian tradition who wish to come into full communion with the Catholic Church.

How long does it take to complete the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults? Because the rite is a spiritual journey, the time it takes varies for each adult.

What are the four periods of initiation?

The first Period is Inquiry. This is a very casual period. During this time, there is no set agenda or topic for discussion. Discussions are driven by the questions and topics of those seeking more information about the faith. At St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, we have inquiry on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m.

The second Period is the Catechumenate. This period is marked by much more formal discussions. During this time we meet from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon to learn different aspects of the Catholic faith. There is also time set aside for additional study and reflection of the Sunday Mass readings. At St. Paul’s, the Catechumenate begins in late August or September.

The third period is  Period of Purification and Enlightenment. This period begins during Lent and enters the final stage before the Easter Vigil at which the Church fully accepts those seeking full communion. This period is marked by a focus on inner reflection and preparation for the Sacraments of Initiation.

The fourth period is Mystagogy. At this point, all those who participated in the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil are now fully and sacramentally members of the Catholic Church. The Mystagogy period typically involves meeting which might cover a number of different topics to help enrich the faith of newly confirmed Catholics.

If you have questions please contact the office at 864-226-8621 or re@sma43.org

Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (R.C.I.C.)

What is RCIC?

This form of the rite of Christian initiation is intended for children, not baptized as infants or who are baptized but have not received any formal catechesis, who have attained the use of reason (age 7 +) and are of catechetical age.

They seek Christian initiation either at the direction of their parents or guardians or, with parental permissions, on their own initiative.  Such children are capable of receiving and nurturing a personal faith and of recognizing an obligation in conscience.  But they cannot yet be treated as adults because, at this stage of their lives, they are dependent on their parents or guardians and are still strongly influenced by their companions and their social surroundings.

What is the process and when are the classes?

Children beginning this process are placed into regular Sunday Religious Education classes with their peers.  During the first Academic year these children will complete the Rite of Acceptance during a Sunday mass.  During their second Academic year they will continue in classes with their peers and also attend classes together for immediate preparation for their Sacraments of Initiation.

When will children receive the sacraments?

All students who are ready and prepared will receive the sacraments at the Easter Vigil in their second Academic year of classes.

How do I enroll my child?

Enrollment for RCIC occurs simultaneously with the enrollment for Sunday Religious Education classes.

What is required of a child in RCIC?

Regular attendance at Mass and Sunday classes, as well as active participation in class discussions and activities.

All children need a sponsor who is an active member in the Catholic Church who will be able to be present at the Easter Vigil. There will be various activities for the sponsor and child to complete together throughout the year.  If the family is unable to find a sponsor for the child, we will help find a good match in the parish.

Can more than one child from the same family be enrolled in RCIC?

Yes!  In many cases when a family is joining the church together, there is more than one child involved.  It is highly encouraged to enroll all children at the same time.

If you have questions please contact the office at 864-226-8621 or re@sma43.org