Education and Faith Programmes

R.C.I.A. – Rite of Initiation of Adults and R.C.I.C. – Rite of Initiation of Children

Each year significant numbers of people join the Catholic Church. Some have never been baptised, others baptised but not in the Catholic Church, and still others were baptised Catholic but did not continue as Catholics.What leads to the decision to belong to our Church? Various things such as

  • – friends – a friendly parish
  • – Sacraments – marriage, baptism and other sacraments of the children
  • – Catholic schools and parish programmes
  • – The need for support at critical times
  • – The emptiness of life without belonging to a worshipping community
  • – The Catholic Enquiry Centre, the media icluding the internet getting rid of prejudices and getting to know more
  • – Through a priest etc, etc.Since we believe that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and since it is easily recognised that the Catholic Church is the Mother Church, the Hahi Matua, it is not surprising than many people choose to become Catholic. Rather, the surprise would be if many did not discover the Church year by year.
Outline of the RCIA/RCIC Process

This is a time, of no fixed duration or structure, for enquiry and introduction to Gospel values, an opportunity for the beginnings of faith.

1st STEP: Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens

This is the liturgical rite marking the beginning of the Catechumenate proper, as the candidates express and the Church accepts their intention to respond to God’s call to follow the way of Christ.

Period of Catechumenate

This is the time for the nurturing and growth of the catechumens’ faith and conversion to God; celebrations of the Word and prayers and blessing are meant to assist the process.

2nd STEP: Election or Enrolment of Names

This is the liturgical rite, usually celebrated on the First Sunday of Lent, by which the Church formally ratifies the catechumens’ readiness for the sacraments of initiation and catechumens, now the elect, express the will to receive these sacraments.

Period of Purification and Enlightment

This is the time immediately preceding the elect’s initiation, usually the Lenten season preceding the celebration of the initiation at the Easter Vigil; it is a time of reflection, intensely centred on conversion, marked by celebration of the scrutinies and presentations and of the preparation rites on Holy Saturday.

3rd STEP: Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation

This is the liturgical rite, usually integrated into the Easter Vigil, by which the elect are initiated through Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist.

Period of Mystagogy

This is the time, usually the Easter season, following the celebration of initiation, during which the newly initiated experience being fully a part of the Christian community by means of both pertinent catechesis and particularly by participation with all the faithful in the Sunday Eucharistic celebration.In our parish we spread the word each June that we welcome applicants for the new RCIA journey that we are about to begin. By August we are ready for some pre-Catechumenate gatherings. These are open-ended – no commitment expected. They are rather in the nature of Open House – come and see – and feel – what life among us is like.
By September we are ready to celebrate Entry into the Catechumenate for those who have decided to travel the journey of the CatechumenateEmails expressing interest are welcome at any time.

(seems rather complex but enjoyable and rewarding in practice! Even the titles need to be explained:
RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
RCIC  Rite of Christian Initiation of Children)

Contacts: Fr Alfonso Dujali MSP. phone 420 8110. priest@helensvillecatholic.org.nz

See more under Sacraments – Sacraments: General.

 

Making the Connection between Faith and Everyday Life

The Little Rock Scripture Study is a parish based programme that leads people to a greater understanding of the Bible. It brings a greater awareness of God’s living presence in Sacred Scriptures and an appreciation of how the Bible can be applied to daily life. Through personal study, small group discussion, lecture and prayer, the programme provides a solid balance of scholarship, reflection and application.
Letting the Word of God influence your busy life!

  • A fuller understanding of the Bible
  • A richer appreciation of the faith tradition of the Church
  • A deeper, more personal relationship with God
  • A fuller experience of Christian community

The Cafe programme is in its second year running and makes people more enthusiastic about their faith; from being a Community of Memory to becoming a Community of Proclamation. Some comments from people who participated:

“I understand my faith better now I can explain it to others”.
“It helped me to refresh my Catholic beliefs, which I was loosing.”
“I feel able to support my children better in their search for faith.”

For details or more information contact Hans Flapper on 09 411 5085
Or leave a message with Father Alfonso at the Presbytery 09 420 8110

– an excellent programme for all six New Zealand Dioceses, helping towards greater understanding and greater appreciation of the Mass, In our parish we have had some groups that worked on all of the three Modules to date. A couple of groups worked through Module III in April 2008