Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) programme is open to all non-Catholic adults above the age of 18. It is a journey of faith where you will be guided to understand, learn, experience and discover about your own spiritual needs and the Catholic faith.

 

The ultimate destination for this spiritual journey is towards KNOWING, LOVING and SERVING GOD.

 

In this faith journey, we “travel” together with others in fellowship in a faith community, to learn, experience, and to live this love. Fellow travelers on this journey comprise of the facilitators, sponsors and the candidates seeking baptism and/or confirmation.

 

This spiritual journey of faith is an ongoing process, but the process of RCIA takes a little less than ONE YEAR (approx. 42 sessions of 2-hours each, excluding major public holidays). Every year, this faith journey typically commences in mid June, and ends on Pentecost Sunday in the following year.

 

During this one year spiritual journey, a team of facilitators and presenters will share with you every aspect of the Catholic faith, covering widely the three areas: Scripture (or Bible), Sacraments of the Catholic Church, and Catholic Church traditions.

 

What you will learn and experience:

  • Quest for meaning on life
  • Who is God?
  • Old and New Testaments (Bible)
  • Message and Teachings of Jesus
  • Teachings of the Church
  • Sacraments of the Church
  • Commandments of the Church
  • Sacred Traditions of the Church
  • Prayers and Liturgy
  • History & Nature of the Church

 

The RCIA sessions are held on Sunday at Father’s House from 3.30pm until 5.30pm.

 

A typical session may be as follows:

Singing + Prayer                10-15 mins

Presentation                      45-60 mins

Group sharing, Q&A        15-20 mins

Refreshments                    10-15 mins

 

At the end of this spiritual journey, you will experience:

  • Friendship / Bonding. Discover and experience Christian love and relationship
  • Spiritual Growth – Personal transformation in your life
  • Better appreciation of Life and God
  • Have a Better Knowledge of the Catholic Faith
  • Better appreciation of the Beliefs and Practices of the Church

 

The RCIA journey of faith comprises four stages with four rites (liturgical rituals):

 

Period of Inquiry:  A period of Discovery, Awareness & Questioning. A time to listen and share, to ponder on the meaning and mysteries of life, and a time to be aware of the existence of God

 

Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumenate: Also known as the Rite of Welcoming, where candidates seeking to learn the Catholic faith are formally accepted into the Church as catechumens (learners of the faith).

 

Period of Instruction: During this period, the catechumens are given Instructions, and they learn while developing their fellowship and bonds with other fellow “travellers” on this faith journey. Here is where they ask and learn about the Catholic faith, its tradition and Bible, and understand the beliefs and practices of the Church.

 

Rite of Election: This rite includes the enrolment of names of all the catechumens seeking baptism at the coming Easter Vigil. The catechumens, their sponsors and families gather at a designated church, together with all other catechumens in the entire Archdiocese of KL. The Catechumens publicly express their desire for baptism to the Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur, in the presence of all the clergy, the laity and sponsors. Their names are recorded in a Book of Elect, and they are thenceforth called the Elect.

 


Period of Enlightenment and Purification: This is a period of spirituality and discernment, where the elects undergo spiritual preparation, contemplation and reflection, and to discover and awaken the desire for God within themselves.

 

Rite of Initiation: The Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation takes place during the Easter Vigil Liturgy on Holy Saturday when the Elect receives the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. Now the person is fully initiated into the Catholic Church.

 

Period of Mystagogia: During this period, the neophytes (as they are now called), undergo faith deepening & Christian unity. This period seeks to deepen their experience, as they learn and experience the life and unity of the Christian community.

 

Rite of Commissioning (optional): This is a ceremony upon which the neophytes (newly baptised) are sent forth, or commissioned to go forth into the world to evangelise, to witness and to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.

 

For enquiries, please contact the coordinator, Ben Rethual. Email: benrethual@gmail.com

Please download and complete the RCIA Registration Form

 

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