Episode 84: The core message RCIA inquirers need to hear

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  • This episode of RCIA Secret Sauce focuses on six things that every RCIA inquirer should know about.
  • In the “Did You Know?” section, we take a look at deacons and the Rite of Acceptance.
  • And we answer a listener’s question about the penitential period for a baptized candidate who’s going to be received into full communion.


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Listen to these additional podcasts:

  1. Episode 121: Why the church returned to the norm of adult baptism
  2. Episode 120: Four key markers that identify us as true Christians
  3. Episode 119: The ancient truth about the church that Vatican II revealed
  4. Episode 118: How God speaks to us today
  5. Episode 117: Three words in the Creed that caused the great schism between East and West






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  1. I completely disagree with the idea of having a Rite of Acceptance outside of a Mass. We are bringing these people into the faith community and to not have the community (at large) present goes against everything we have been taught that RCIA is supposed to be.

  2. In reference to deacons presiding at the Rite of Acceptance, one thing to think about is that there are parts of the country (like here in the south) where some churches are mission churches to larger parishes which might be 30 or 40 minutes away. A deacon who is assigned to the mission church, and who actually lives in the city or town of that mission church, often times has a more personal relationship with the people than the appointed pastor. Many times due to distance and scheduling these mission churches in outlying areas must celebrate Sunday Liturgy in the absence of a priest. In this case I think the Deacon celebrating the Rite of Acceptance would be most appropriate.

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