Christian Initiation for Linked Parishes
Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology
"Evangelization is necessary for Christian initiation. Men and women hear the gospel proclaimed, by word and deed, and come to a particular Christian community as a result of this initial stirring faith. The process whereby adults both hear and respond to this gospel in the Catholic community is called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: (RCIA)" (Morris, p.7). This rite of initiation is the response to a mandate by the Second Vatican Council to restore the catechumenate process for adults wishing to join the Catholic community of faith. "The rite of initiation is suited to a spiritual journey of adults that varies according to the many forms of God's grace, the free cooperation of the individuals, the action of the Church, and the circumstances of time and place" (RCIA-Par.6-Intro.). Depending on the background of the people requesting that they be allowed to join the faith community, the rite can be adapted to meet their specific needs. "Taking into account existing circumstances and other needs, as well as the wishes of the faithful, the minister should make full use of the various options allowed in the rite" (RCIA-Intro., par. 34).