Six common RCIA questions about Easter Vigil

5 thoughts on “Six common RCIA questions about Easter Vigil”

  1. Rick Richetti

    Thank you and God bless you for all you do. You have no idea how timely these questions being answered now help our RCIA team
    Because this year has had new challenges which of these questions most definitely address.
    Again thank you for all you do and God bless you all.
    Rick

  2. Stephanie Whitley

    Does the parish priest able to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation on a candidate for full communion outside the Easter Vigil, or does he have to receive formal permission from the diocesan bishop?

    1. Hi Stephanie. For someone baptized in another tradition who wants to become Catholic, a priest would celebrate the Rite of Reception into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church (RCIA 473). Although many parishes celebrate this rite at the Easter Vigil, the norm is actually to celebrate it at a Sunday Mass.

      In most dioceses, the bishop has delegated the authority to celebrate this rite to the priests of the diocese. The rite of reception includes the celebration of the sacrament of confirmation.

      You might be interested in reading this article: https://teamrcia.com/2020/08/can-rcia-seekers-celebrate-their-sacraments-outside-of-the-easter-vigil/

      Thanks for your question.

  3. Why are the prayers for Easter Vigil in the RCIA Rite (ritual) worded differently in the Roman Missal (revised 2011 translation)? Is the RCIA ritual book out of date?

    1. Hi Brian,

      All the rites of the church for the English-speaking church are being retranslated. One of the first to be retranslated was the Roman Missal. One of the last will be the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. The new translation has been completed and approved by the US bishops. Now it has to be approved by Rome. The earliest, most optimistic estimate of when we might have a final copy in hand is probably late 2023. See this post for more details: https://teamrcia.com/2020/01/is-a-new-rcia-ocia-around-the-corner/

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