My parish’s RCIA director has two people new to the Church entering the catechumenate this weekend. We will celebrate the Rite of Acceptance, always one of my favorite rituals, at 10:30 Mass tomorrow.
These folks will be in the catechumenate for a whole year, from now till Lent 2015.
Sit in the purple chair and render judgment. Many people operate on the school-year model and so may be ready for the catechumenate in the Fall. Sometimes fence-sitters are inspired after Easter.
I think three times a year is about right. (And remember, candidates are a different sort of fish entirely.)
How often a year would you welcome catechumens into your faith community?