Six common RCIA questions about Easter Vigil
Should baptized candidates celebrate their sacraments at the Easter Vigil?

What about Catholics who are completing their initiation through the sacrament of confirmation?

So who can celebrate their sacraments at the Easter Vigil?

Should we do conditional baptisms for those whom we are not sure were validly baptized?

What about children? Should they be initiated at the Easter Vigil? And can confirmation be postponed for pastoral reasons?

What do we do if someone’s annulment issues are not resolved in time for the Easter Vigil?

Keep reading to find out!

The church evangelizes with beautiful liturgy
I recently had time to read Pope Francis’ “Joy of the Gospel.” It is deeply profound, yet Pope Francis’ style of writing is not papal but that of a disciple, teacher, and shepherd who want his flock to discover the richness and beauty of Christ and his gospel.

As a liturgist, the following jumped off the page for me that I would like to reflect on:

“Evangelization with joy becomes beauty in the liturgy, as part of our daily concern to spread goodness. The Church evangelizes and is herself evangelized through the beauty of the liturgy, which is both a celebration of the task of evangelization and the source of her renewed self-giving.” (#24)

The vast majority of Catholics may not read or study the Scriptures daily or expand their knowledge of their faith via classes or online research. Therefore, how the parish celebrates the liturgy affects the faith life of the person in the pew.
A Guide for the Scrutinies
On the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Sundays in Lent, the Church celebrates the Scrutinies. These required rites for the Elect are actually very simple. But it’s often very easy to misunderstand them or to do things in the rite that don’t reflect the Scrutinies’ true meaning and purpose.

Here’s a guide that will help you stay on the right track! Download it now.

Gifts for you for Lent
Yes, Lent is a penitential season, but it’s also a season filled with gifts and blessings. So here are two gifts just for your RCIA team!

Download them today!

What you’re saying about TeamRCIA

Dear Nick and Diana,

I wanted to share our little success story with you. Since I took over the catechumenate and we re-introduced dismissal and began emphasizing the year round, ongoing nature of the process, our adult RCIA has just boomed! I had 6 folks for a Rite of Acceptance/Welcome in September and 6 more just a couple weeks ago. 4 of those will be baptized at Easter Vigil and the others will come into full communion as we go… some before Lent, some during Easter, some whenever.

But my joy is the community’s response and growth. I wholeheartedly believe that the RCIA, implemented well, fundamentally inspires conversion in the entire community. While maturation of the catechumens and candidates is rather expected, the spiritual growth and enrichment for the sponsors who had never heard of the rite, the catechists who are blessed to interact with these amazing spiritual travelers, and even myself, allowed the grace of re-living through others my own journey is immense!

So that’s our little update. Blessings to you in the new year!

Paz y bien,

Angela Flynn
Durham, NC
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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: Study Edition

United States Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy

Why is this book important?
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the authoritative teaching of the church on the purpose and process of initiation. It is the Vatican II vision of the initiation process that answers the mandate of Jesus Christ to go and baptize.

What is in this book?
The RCIA is not a textbook or a how-to book. It is a rite, a sacrament of the church. The pastoral introduction provides the fundamental principles of the initiation process and outlines the four stages and three ritual steps of initiation.

Part I of the ritual text is the classic process of initiation for unbaptized seekers.

Part II is a collection of adaptations for baptized seekers, children, and those who are already disciples and seek full communion with the Catholic Church.

What’s the big deal?
You cannot do the RCIA without mastering the principles and processes in the rite itself. Doing the RCIA without reading it is like trying to do Hamlet without ever having read the play.

Once you understand the principles of the RCIA and begin to implement them as fully as you are able, it will change your life and the life of your parish.

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A complete catechesis for Christian life
Free sample of Faith, Life & Creed
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The Heart of Faith: A Field Guide for Catechumens and Candidates
Nick Wagner

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Seek the Living God: Five RCIA Inquiry Questions for Making Disciples
Nick Wagner

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