about Todd FlowerdayA Roman Catholic lay person, married (since 1996), with one adopted child (since 2001). I serve in worship and spiritual life in a midwestern university parish.
about John Donaghy
John is a lay missionary since 2007 with a parish in western Honduras. Before that he served in campus ministry and social justice ministry in Iowa. His ministry blog is http://hermanojuancito.blogspot.com
He also blogs reflections on the lectionary and saints/heroes/events of the date at http://walktheway.wordpress.com
He'll be a long-term contributor here analyzing the Latin American bishops' document from their 2007 Aparecida Conference.
Vatican II pages
- Reconciliation Lectionary: John 15:9-14
- Dies Domini 31: The Risen Christ Inspires Community
- EG 148: Preaching With Balance and Perspective
- Cosmos Looks At Lead
- Hell and Remarriage: Whose Business?
- Saints To Be Made
- Dies Domini 30: An Indispensable Day
- Prelates Pressured
- EG 147: Meaning Beyond The Details
- Dies Domini 29: The Day of Faith
Reconciliation Lecti… on Wedding Lectionary: John 15:9-… Ray MacDonald on Saints To Be Made Devin on Saints To Be Made Jim McCrea on Saints To Be Made Liam on Saints To Be Made Liam on Dies Domini 29: The Day of… John Chrysostom on Wedding Lectionary: Sirach 26:… Janet on Wedding Lectionary: Sirach 26:… Todd on Socks Off FrMichael on Private Masses–Bleah!
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Category Archives: RCIA
These two sections remind us of the centrality of the Eucharist in this rite. I can’t imagine celebrating a baptized Christian’s full communion with the Catholic Church without it, but apparently, the framers of the rite could: 475. In regard … Continue reading
Sections 473 through 486 give three pages of information on the Church’s approach to receiving baptized Christians into full Communion. These sections, along with the rites (texts and rubrics, RCIA 487-504) deal with non-Catholics, whether catechized or not. In the … Continue reading
The Pentitential Rite, the quasi-scrutiny for the baptized, includes a greeting (RCIA 464) in which the priest “welcomes the assembly” and an explanation that this rite will have “different meanings for the different participants.” And those participants: candidates, those preparing … Continue reading
In the 1972 provision edition of RCIA (think Roman Missal 1 here; our examination has been the equivalent of MR2) there was no penitential rite for baptized candidates. The Lenten scrutinies are designed for the unbaptized, in intent and language. … Continue reading
All of the extra action in this rite takes place after the homily. RCIA 450 is virtually a word-for-word repetition of RCIA 438, in which the homily is to be addressed to the entire faith community present to encourage good … Continue reading
We move to the next rite, the one fully titled, “Rite of Calling the Candidates to Continuing Conversion.” The corollary for catechumens is the Rite of Election. But the baptized are already members of the Elect. RCIA provides four brief … Continue reading
This rite parallels the rite of sending catechumens for the Rite of Election. Given the reality that the bishop presides at the minority of adult baptisms in his diocese, this is one of two moments in which he does share … Continue reading
The full title of the next major rite for baptized candidates is “Rite of Sending the Candidates for Recognition by the Bishop and for the Call to Continuing Conversion.” It’s almost always referred to as “Rite of Sending.” You’ll recall … Continue reading
Sections 425 through 432 cover the Liturgy of the Word in a Rite of Welcoming. Here’s the outline: Instruction (425) Readings (426) Homily (427) Presentation of a Bible (optional, 428) Profession of Faith (429) General Intercessions (430) Prayer over the … Continue reading
As with some of the other rites, I’m not picking apart these texts line by line. This Rite of Welcoming closely parallels the Rite of Acceptance for catechumens (RCIA 48-68). As with Acceptance, Welcoming mostly takes place before the Liturgy … Continue reading
It’s important to be clear about terminology. Before we leap into this optional “Rite of Welcoming the Candidates,” let’s recap: – The unbaptized are in turn inquirers, catechumens, elect, and neophytes as they progress through the four stages. – Unbaptized inquirers … Continue reading
Let’s get back into the RCIA groove, picking up where we left off with the initiation of baptized but uncatechized adults: 409. The high point of their entire formation will normally be the Easter Vigil. At that time they will … Continue reading
Another instructive section: 407. As a sign of God’s activity in the work of preparation, some of the rites belonging to the catechumenate, especially suited to the condition and spiritual needs of these baptized adults, can be used to advantage. … Continue reading
The first public celebration of drawing baptized, but uncatechized adults into the community is the Rite of Welcoming (RCIA 411-433) described briefly here: 405. The period of preparation is made holy by means of liturgical celebrations. The first of these … Continue reading