Three principles for adapting the rites of the catechumenate

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    1. Hi Colleen. Here is a follow up that might be helpful: https://teamrcia.com/2007/09/stop-asking-for-faith/

      Also, we are planning to offer a course in how to adapt the Rite of Acceptance for your parish, taking into account your unique circumstances. At the end of the course, you will have a draft of a script you can use at your next celebration of the rite. Watch the weekly newsletter for details.

    1. Hi Patricia. For unbaptized seekers who want to be initiated, all the major rites of the catechumenate are required. The table of contents of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults indicates which of the minor rites are optional.

      For baptized seekers, all the preparatory rites are optional. This is also indicated in the table of contents.

  1. My parish has modified the RCIA process in several ways, including the following: 1) eliminated dismissals from Mass for unbaptized seekers; 2) Revised and truncated the scrutinies to omit any mention of sin, evil or other “negative” terms that might offend or perhaps scare seekers; reduced discernment throughout the formation process to advance any seeker who “feels ready” to receive the Sacraments of initiation. These changes seem far more than “adapatations” to the rites. I will appreciate your perspective on this.

    1. Hi George,

      I would agree with your sense of things. What you described goes far beyond what the church allows by way of adaptation of the rites.

  2. Happy New Year Nick & Diana.

    That’s a wonderful idea especially when new parish priest in the parish. So a draft of a script will be very helpful to use.

    Thanks Malia Mar
    Corinda Graceville, Qld, Australia

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