The Process

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (the RCIA) is a process for people who wish to become members of the Roman Catholic Church.
This process is based on the creed, the code, the cult and is concerned with a gradual spiritual journey and total formation of the individual into:
i)    believing with the Church community (doctrinal formation)
ii)   living with the Church community (practical formation)
iii)  praying with the Church community (liturgical formation)
iv)  serving with the Church community (apostolic formation)

The central and unifying principle of the process and the Rite is conversion.
Those converted join the paschal journey of Jesus Christ.    
They are introduced to Church doctrine, life, liturgy and apostolic work.
This journey in faith culminates in the celebration at Easter when the converted receive the Sacraments of Initiation; the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Holy Eucharist.
The Gospel message conversion is the reason for becoming a Catholic Christian and the reason for remaining one.  

The RCIA is designed primarily for adults seeking Baptism.
As the nature of conversion is an ongoing reality, the RCIA is adapted for those baptized in other Christian denominations, now seeking membership in the Roman Catholic Church. As such, the RCIA is a flexible process which respects the faith development of the individual while maintaining the ideals and vision of the Catholic community.

The Structure

Stage Known as The Rites
Time    
Pre-Catechumenate Inquirer concludes with
The Rite of Acceptance
Indefinite
Catechumenate Catechumen Minor exorcisms                    
Blessing/Anointing/Sending of the Catechumens
for Election
concludes with Rite of Enrolment of Names/Elect
One year
or more
Purification and
Enlightenment
Elect The Scrutinies                                            
Exorcism                
Presentation of the Creed/Lord’s Prayer
Sacraments of Initiation
Lent Season
Mystagogy Neophyte Rite of Commissioning Easter Season

The steps

This journey in faith, punctuated by liturgical rites, includes the three steps marking the catechumens’ progress.
These three steps are regarded as the major and more intense moments of initiation.

1st step
Reaching the point of initial conversion and wishing to become Christians, the Church accepts them as catechumens.
2nd step Progressing in faith and journeying towards the end of the catechumenate period, they are accepted into a more intense preparation for the Sacraments of Initiation.
3rd step Having completed their spiritual preparation, they receive the Sacraments of Christian Initiation.

The periods

These steps lead to periods of inquiry and spiritual growth.
There are four continuous periods: the pre-catechumenate, the catechumenate, purification and enlightenment and mystagogy.

1st period
A period of inquiry by the candidates, known as ‘the inquirers’, and evangelization and the pre-catechumenate on the part of the church.
It ends with the Rite of Acceptance. 
2nd period
……which begins with the Rite of Acceptance into the order of catechumens and may last for several years. It includes catechesis and the rites connected with catechesis.
This period ends on the day of election.
3rd period
.......which flows from the Rite of Election, coincides with the Lenten preparation for the Easter celebration and the Sacraments of Initiation.
4th period
…….which extends through the whole Easter season and is devoted to the post-baptismal catechesis or mystagogy.
It is a time for deepening the Christian experience, spiritual growth and entering more fully into the life and unity of the community.

The role of the community


The RCIA process, the catechumens’ journey in faith and the Liturgical Rites take place within the community.
As such, the RCIA process, evangelical by nature, requires members of the community to collaborate and make it effective.
The catechumens will come to know God by the way the community lives the gospel way of life and the care and concern offered to them, welcoming them into the community and their homes.

 

RCIA Team

Co-ordinator: Anthony Alan Lukose     012 2037874    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Asst. Co-ordinators:
Christine Della         012-3857342       This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Secretary:
Michele Peter        011-270 98788    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Treasurer:
Martin Joseph        012-272 8631    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Hospitality:
Margaret Tham    012-923 9248
Music:
Thaddeus Arrias         013-3696091   

Facilitators:
Anthony Alan Lukose
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Christine Della
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Robert Tan
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Alice Wong
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Luke Tan
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Susan Peters
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Adrian Oh
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Marcus Peter
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Susan Peters
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Juliana Goh
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Joshua Nathan
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Martin Joseph
012-2728631

Photographer:
Adrian Oh             016-3316499

RCIA Coordinators (other languages)

Mandarin:
Coordinator
Anthony Lim    016-382 3668    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Asst. Coordinator
David Cheong    019-284 8118    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Secretary
Josephine Goh    016-410 0659    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Treasurer
Christina Tan    012-981 6869    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Hospitality
John Lim    011-2679 2746    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Music
Edwin Lim    012-383 2209    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Tamil:
Coordinator
Helan  Amirtham    016 - 2302959
Asst Coordinator
Pakianathan    012 - 3228499
Secretary       
Treasurer
Daniel    016 - 9141210
Hospitality
Leena    017 – 3458814

Bahasa Malaysia:
Mathew Jimbon
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