Catechumens

Where did the dismissal of catechumens come from?

The dismissal of the catechumens is a liturgical rite that is done any time catechumens are present at Mass: When [catechumens] are present with the congregation of the faithful, they must normally be gently dismissed before the Eucharistic Celebration begins. (OCIA 75.3) The practice of dismissing the catechumens before the liturgy of the Eucharist begins …

Where did the dismissal of catechumens come from?

Is the Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens mandatory?

The short answer is yes. Perhaps because we are just now emerging from our COVID stay-at-home isolation, parish teams seem to be asking about the rites of initiation and if all of them are mandatory. Some seekers may have a pressing need to forgo the normal sacramental process and be baptized without delay. This pastoral …

Is the Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens mandatory?

Is your parish ready for the new translation of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults?

When the current translation of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults was promulgated in 1988, we might not have been as prepared as we need to be. Because we weren’t quite ready, many misinterpretations and misapplications of the rite began to flourish. The biggest difficulty is that the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults …

Is your parish ready for the new translation of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults?

Reconnecting with the experience of baptism: the neophytes and the community

Because I was just a baby when I was baptized, I am more than ever intrigued by the experience of being present at the celebration of baptism now. And with ministry in Christian Initiation there is so much more! A few years ago our parish celebrated an Easter Vigil that became truly memorable, not because …

Reconnecting with the experience of baptism: the neophytes and the community

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