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.
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Category Archives: RCIA
Two sections sum up the Church’s approach to catechesis of baptized, but uncatechized persons. First, let’s break down RCIA 401 in terms of the expectations of their preparation time: 401. As in the case of catechumens, the preparation of these … Continue reading
Many commentators refer to the challenge of RCIA in parishes as “sorting fish.” You have the unbaptized. But some of them may know a fair amount about the Christian life. You also have the phenomenon of those who were baptized … Continue reading
A correspondent asks: When are the Elect dismissed on Good Friday? Still after the Homily as usual? How could they venerate the cross if not present in the liturgy? It’s a good question. In most parishes I’ve served, the elect … Continue reading
Remember that when in danger of death, this rite of initiation will almost surely not include a celebration of Mass. Communion–first Communion, in fact–will be through viaticum, the expression of celebrating the Eucharist for the dying. RCIA 393 gives a … Continue reading
The outline for baptism and confirmation when in danger of death is as follows, trimmed down from the “Exceptional Circumstances” rite: CELEBRATION OF BAPTISM Renunciation of Sin (RCIA 382) Profession of Faith (383) Baptism (384) [Anointing after Baptism] (385) CELEBRATION … Continue reading
The outline for this rite is even more brief than the one for “exceptional circumstances.” Here are the first two parts of the liturgy: INTRODUCTORY RITES Opening Dialogue Affirmation by the Godparent and Witnesses LITURGY OF THE WORD Gospel Reading Intercessions … Continue reading
… what happens? This is what’s supposed to happen: If persons who were baptized when in danger of death or at the point of death recover their health, they are to be given a suitable formation, be welcomed at the … Continue reading
The rite of RCIA 375-399 is, according to number 372 … … designed particularly for use by catechists and laypersons; a priest or a deacon may use it in a case of emergency. But normally a priest or a deacon … Continue reading
Last year we touched on the baptism of a person in danger of death in our lengthy examination of the Pastoral Care rites. PCS 275-296 has been expanded a bit and updated with RCIA 370-399. Ministers to the dying, especially clergy, should be … Continue reading
Confirmation’s five sections have easy parallels to the standard Easter Vigil. For comparison, I invite you to look back at these posts, if you wish. RCIA 362 prescribes the “assembly may sing an appropriate song” between baptism and confirmation, as in … Continue reading
The baptism rituals of RCIA 353-361 outlined: Invitation to Prayer Prayer over the Water Profession of Faith – Renunciation of Sin – Profession of Faith Baptism Explanatory Rites – (Clothing with a Baptismal Garment) – Presentation of a Lighted Candle … Continue reading
The choreography of the Liturgy of the Word is similar to the Rite of Acceptance: Receiving the Candidate replaces the usual introductory rites. The rubric in RCIA 346 is explicit: they are omitted. The readings (RCIA 347) have already been … Continue reading
The abbreviated form for this rite has a lengthy outline with five parts: Receiving the Candidate, Liturgy of the Word, Celebration (in turn) of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. We’ll tackle them over at least five posts, starting at the beginning: … Continue reading
Let’s wrap up the RCIA’s instruction on “exceptional circumstances,” shall we? 336. Before the abbreviated form of the rite is celebrated the candidate must have gone through an adequate period of instruction and preparation before baptism, in order to purify … Continue reading
Let’s not give the impression that any “exceptional circumstances” situation in RCIA is wholly dependent on the bishop’s direct oversight. As with other rites, the pastor does have certain adaptations he can make, as we read in RCIA 334: 1. … Continue reading