Episode 98: Honoring the baptized candidates

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  • In this episode, Nick and Diana discuss Fr. Paul Turner’s keynote presentation from the recent Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions meeting regarding how we honor baptisms of other Christian’s denominations.
  • Our “Did you know?” segment focuses on a paragraph in the RCIA that was originally meant just for Catholics.
  • Also, we answer a listener question about the Rite of Welcome and why we recommend not including the signing of the senses.

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. 98 Honoring Baptized Catholics. We have two Candidates – Baptized in other faiths, not confirmed. Your podcast suggested that we do not welcome them into full communion in to the Church Community at the Easter Vigil. When and under what circumstance should they receive receive the Eucharist and Confirmation. Same question for Reconciliation. We plan a retreat and reconciliation during Holy Week.

  2. Hi Terrel. “The reception of candidates into the communion of the Catholic Church should ordinarily take place at the Sunday Eucharist of the parish community” (see National Statutes for the Catechumenate, #32).

    “The celebration of the sacrament of reconciliation with candidates for reception into full communion is to be carried out at time prior to and distinct from the rite of reception” (see National Statutes for the Catechumenate, #36).

    Thanks for your question and all your fine work.


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