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RCIA 505-506: Beginning Appendix I, Combined Rites

With this post, we begin a two-week exploration of Appendix I, in which the Church presents combination rites for the baptized and the unbaptized newcomers. Many catechumenate directors decline to use these combinations. In my current parish, combined rites have … Continue reading

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RCIA 499-504: Reception Outside Mass

RCIA 499 instructs that a liturgy of the word “is to be celebrated” if the rite of reception takes place outside of Mass. For “exceptional circumstances” when a liturgy of the word is not “possible,” the introductory words include a … Continue reading

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RCIA 490-498: Rite of Reception

The Rite of Reception (of a Baptized Christian) within Mass is much like the initiation rites we’ve seen elsewhere in RCIA, streamlined for the circumstances. The outline is: Invitation Profession of Faith Act of Reception [Confirmation] (if needed, with Laying … Continue reading

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RCIA 487-489: Reception Within Mass

RCIA 487 gives the introductory rubrics for the Mass of receiving someone into Full Communion. “If the rite … takes place on a solemnity or on a Sunday” the Mass of the day is celebrated. I had not realized that … Continue reading

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RCIA 483-486: Final Details

Let’s wrap up the last four paragraphs of the introduction to the Reception of Baptized Christians. First, a word about the sponsor: 483. At the reception, the candidate should be accompanied by a sponsor and may even have two sponsors. … Continue reading

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RCIA 482: Making a Confession

RCIA 482 makes a strange distinction. But before we get to that, I want to clear up something I saw elsewhere on the internet about non-Catholics not being able to make a confession of sins. Certainly, the elect are ineligible … Continue reading

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RCIA 481: Bishops and Priests

The Church is clear about the proper duties of bishops and presbyters. Let’s read today’s section for review: 481. It is the office of the bishop to receive baptized Christians into the full c0mmunion of the Catholic Church. But a … Continue reading

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