RCIA Planning Committee


About RCIA

Description

To summarise, the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a 1-year JOURNEY which is open to all who wish to know about JESUS, His teachings, His mission and most of all His LOVE for mankind.

There is also much to learn about the Catholic Faith and the Church. ENQUIRERS, as they are called, will be accompanied by Catholics, known as SPONSORS, throughout the journey. Several topics related to life will be touched on, eg. Love, Hope, Relationship etc.

We encourage SHARING to open the minds and hearts. There will also be TALKS conducted by good Speakers from time to time. FELLOWSHIP through our Social Nights, organized at intervals to promote interaction among members. At the end of the journey, those who are ready to embrace the faith will go through BAPTISM.

This is usually held during the Mass on Easter Vigil evening. The Planning Committee (Core Team) is committed to reviewing the RCIA Programme each year, with a view to improving the quality of the Programme.

Role of Ministry

To bring more souls to Jesus Christ, and in so doing, live out our role of servanthood in being fishers of men.

Who can join

Any adult who is interested to know about Jesus, His teachings and the Catholic Church.

RCIA Planning Committee

Frequency of Meeting
At least once a month

Day & Time of Meeting
3rd Monday of the month
8.00pm - 9.30pm

Spiritual Director
Rev Fr Edward Lim

Co-Ordinator
Irene Koh

Vice Co-Ordinator
Simon Tan

Secretary
Anna Lim


Treasurer
Peter K Y Tan

Committee Member
Betty Joan Chan
Christine Chew
Clinton Low
Melissa Yam

For enquiries, please email us at RCIA1718@gmail.com

The Team also serve as Facilitators for Group sharing.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults / Youth

Registration for RCIA and RCIY are usually conducted in the month of March - April. The programme last for 12 months with those wishing to enter the Catholic Faith being baptized in the following year, on the eve of Easter Sunday. 

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

The RCIA Process
It includes several stages marked by study, prayer and rites at Mass.

Main Stages or Phases of the RCIA Process
  • The Period of Inquiry (Also known as the time of Evangelization or Pre-Catechumenate)
  • Catechumenate
  • Period of Purification and Enlightenment/Scrutinies
  • The Paschal Triduum with the Sacraments of Initiation
  • Mystagogical Catechesis

The Period of Inquiry (Evangelization)

Period of Inquiry has as its purpose a time to become acquainted with the Catholic Church and to hear the good news of salvation from Jesus Christ our Savior; it is a time to look within at one's one life story and see connections to or needs for the gospel story of good news.

During this period, the gospel of Jesus is proclaimed, and inquirers look within their own life story to make and mark connections. This reflective process becomes a continuing, on-going method used by inquirer and member alike.

This period lasts as long as the person needs it to last, from a few months to several years, if necessary. During this period, some may decide that this is not the right time for them to consider membership in the Catholic Church, either because of their own life circumstances or because they feel some other Tradition is better for them.

Period of the Catechumenate (Teaching)

Period of Catechumenate embodies the first stages of commitment leading to full membership. For a person to enter this phase, s/he must already have come to faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and sincerely desire to become a member of the Catholic Church.

During this period, the initial conversion is deepened and appropriated; the person comes to know more and more deeply the love of God in their own lives and in the midst of the church community. This period, too, lasts as long as the person needs it to last, from a few months to several years, if necessary.

Period of Purification (and Enlightenment) or Illumination

The Period of Purification corresponds to that time known in the Catholic Church as Lent, the six-weeks of preparation for Easter become the days of prayerful time for catechumens and candidates, who are now known as the Elect, as they prepare for the moment of welcome as full members and are established as such by the Sacraments of Initiation.

This period is begun by the Rite of election, celebrated with the Diocesan Bishop; by this rite they are accepted as candidates for the Sacraments by the Bishop, representing the fact that this decision is not theirs alone. Normally this rite takes place the first week of Lent.

Throughout Lent, special prayers are offered at the Sunday Eucharist for the catechumens and candidates; they are called scrutinies; these prayers for strengthening in grace and virtue and for purification from all past evil and from any bonds which hinder them from experiencing the love of God.

Throughout this period, the Elect are invited to join with the whole Church in a deeper practice of works of charity and in the practice of fasting.

During this period, the common reflection on the Scriptures continues; the readings of Lent were chosen with the themes of continuing conversion in mind. Toward the end of the period, the Church continues the custom of "handing over" to the Elect the Creed (the summary of our faith) and the Lord's Prayer (which represents its practice of continuing prayer after the command of Jesus who taught us to pray).

Celebrating the Sacraments of Initiation-Paschal Triduum

Celebrating the Sacraments of Initiation-Paschal Triduum The Sacraments of Initiation are celebrated at the Easter Vigil, an extended night-watch of prayer, singing and hearing the Word of God.

By the waters of Baptism, a person passes into the new life of grace and becomes a member of the Body of Christ.

Anointing with special holy oil called Chrism seals the initiation by the power of the Holy Spirit and participation at the Table of the Lord in the Eucharist marks full membership in the church.

Period of Mystagogy (Post-baptismal Catechesis)

The Period of Mystagogy lasts from Easter Sunday until the completion of the Easter season, fifty days later on Pentecost Sunday and completes the initiation process.

Those who have just shared in the sacraments of initiation are now called Neophytes and during this period of Easter joy they reflect on what they have just gone through and look to the future as to how they can now share in the mission of Christ who came to bring salvation and life to the whole world.

This period of time reminds the whole church that life in Christ constantly calls us to grow and to look for new ways to live the life of grace, personally and together.

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Contact Details & Downloads

The RCIA programme here at Church of the Risen Christ is normally on every Wednesday, 7.30 pm . Registration normally opens March & April of every year. For more information, you may wish to contact the RCIA Planning Committee.

If it's the month of March & April, & if you are keen and ready to follow the RCIA programme at Church of the Risen Christ, please download, complete and submit the Enquirers Form to the Parish Secretary.

If you are a Baptized Catholic and would like to share your faith and journey with others as a Sponsor, please download, complete and submit the Sponsors Form to the Parish Secretary.