RCIA 80: Involving the Faithful


The six sections of instruction on the period of the catechumenate conclude with some notes on the involvement of the community. Godparents, chosen by the catechumens, first:

80. During the period of the catechumenate, the catechumens should give thought to choosing the godparents who will present them to the Church on the day of their election (see RCIA 11; also Christian Initiation, General Introduction, nos. 8-10).

Note this: catechumens choose their own godparents. We’ve touched on this before in the general introduction and the rites. I can’t help but applaud the expectation of adult involvement and discernment from the Church’s newcomers.

Provision should also be made for the entire community involved in the formation of the catechumens–priests, deacons, catechists, sponsors, godparents, friends and neighbors–to participate in some of the celebrations belonging to the catechumenate, including any of the optional “rites of passage” (RCIA 98-105).

How is your parish involved in these other rites? Are friends and family engaged by them?


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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