Christian Initiation

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Guidance for Parishes for Christian Initiation of Adults

        1. Overview for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
        2. Period of Evangelization and Precatechumenate
          1. Inquirer’s Interview/Information Form (in English)
          2. Entrevista al solicitante/Formulario de información (en español)
          3. Information from the Tribunal
        3. First step: Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens
        4. Period of the Catechumenate
          1. Breaking Open the Word – Cycle A
          2. Breaking Open the Word – Cycle B
          3. Breaking Open the Word – Cycle C
          4. A Dismissal Session Outline
        5. Second Step: Election or Enrollment of Names
          1. Rite of Election MemoJanuary 2021  (for 2021 Rite of Election)
          2. – Rite of Election Registration Forms – 2021
            Rite of Election Archdiocesan Record Form 2021Register Online
          3. Rite of Election Materials
            1. Name Tags
            2. In case of snow
        6. Period of Purification and Enlightenment
        7. Third Step: Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation
        8. Period of Postbaptismal Catechesis or Mystagogy
        9. Reception of Baptized Christians into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church
          1. Sample Certificate for Reception into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church
          2. Pastoral Guidance Regarding the Conditional Baptism of Those Seeking Reception into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church
          3.  Admission of an Orthodox Christian into the Catholic Church in Other than their Parallel Ritual Church
        10.  Record Keeping
          The following registers are to be maintained diligently with regard to required information and record keeping:
          • Register of Catechumens, after the Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens (see RCIA, no. 46);
          • Book of Elect, prior to the Rite of Election (see RCIA, no. 132);
          • Register for Baptism, after the Sacraments of Christian Initiation (see Christian Initiation, General Introduction, no. 29);
          • Register for Full Communion of the Catholic Church (see RCIA, no. 486).

Christian Initiation of Adults

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Important Information from the Tribunal
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 Confirmation for School-Age Children


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