Wednesday, February 10, 2016

RCIA: A Question for You!

Greetings on this Ash Wednesday.

I am in conversation with a colleague about the re-translation of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults that is now in progress at ICEL.

A question arose about Paragraph 33 #1.

This is found under the general heading "Adaptations by the Conferences of Bishops in the Use of the Roman Ritual."

"The conference of bishops has discretionary power to make the following decisions:
1. to establish for the precatechumenate, where it seems advisable, some way of receiving inquirers who are interested in the catechumenate (see no. 39);"

Then, when one finds no. 39, here's what is found:

"The conference may also provide, if circumstances suggest and in keeping with local custom, a preliminary manner of receiving those interested in the precatechumenate, that is, those inquirers who, even though they do not fully believe, show some leaning toward the Christian faith (and who may be called 'sympathizers.').
1. Such a reception; if it takes place, will be carried out without any ritual celebration; it is the expression not yet of faith, but of a right intention.
2. The reception will be adapted to local conditions and to the pastoral situation. Some candidates may need to see evidence of the spirit of Christians that they are striving to understand and experience. For others, however, whose catechumenate will be delayed for one reason or another, some initial act of the candidates or the community that expresses their reception may be appropriate.
3. The reception will be held at a meeting or gathering of the local community, on an occasion that will permit friendly conversation. An inquirer or 'sympathizer' is introduced by a friend and then welcomed and received by the priest or some other representative member of the community."

So, here is my question. Does anyone do this? Do you prepare some kind of "way of receiving inquirers?"

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1 comment:

Catherine Ecker said...

Jerry, in my years of working with the rite and journeying with adults and families I have not celebrated or planned some kind of a reception. I know of no parish that does this. I do think some parishes are deliberate in the way they introduce the inquirers to members of the Sunday assembly - finding a family for them to sit with - introducing the inquirers to people at coffee time after Mass. Although some parishes are quite deliberate they do not hold a reception for the inquirers.