RCIA Rites of Acceptance and Welcoming

The Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens and RCIA Rite of Welcoming were celebrated at All Saints on Sunday, November 14, at the 11:30 am Mass (English) and 3:30 pm Mass (Spanish).

What is the RCIA Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens?
The Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens is for inquirers in the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) process who are preparing for their Baptism. They are now ready to declare publicly their intention to continue their journey towards becoming Catholics. At this Rite, they are asked to more fully embrace the Gospel message with the help of God, and are also signed with the Cross to show that they now belong to Christ, the Shepherd of souls.

In this Rite, the parish community has the opportunity to more fully participate in and pray for those in the RCIA process. At Sunday Mass, some of the inquirers who are considering joining the Catholic Church are going through the Rite of Acceptance. This Rite places these catechumens in a formal relationship with the universal Church. By Church law, the Pope and all bishops are to pray for those who have gone through this Rite. We encourage all parishioners to pray for these souls as well, as they continue in the initiation process over the coming months, and to reach out to them as fellow members of the Household of Christ.

What is the RCIA Rite of Welcoming?
The Rite of Welcoming is for inquirers who have been previously baptized and are ready to publicly declare their intention to continue their journey toward full communion with the Catholic Church. At this Rite, they are asked if they are ready to listen to the apostles’ instruction, gather with the worshipping community in prayer, and join that community in the love and service of others. They are signed with the Cross to show that they belong to Christ.

Why is the parish community important at the Rites of Acceptance and Welcoming?
Members of the parish community should affirm that they are ready to help and support the RCIA candidates seeking to follow Christ.