Period of Evangelization and Precatechumenate

This is a time to discover more about the Catholic faith and the Church.

Step 1: Evangelization and Precatechumenate

This is a time of no fixed duration or structure, for inquiry and introduction to Gospel values, an opportunity for the beginnings of faith. This step usually takes at least 4 months but may last as long as the inquirer desires. The Period of Evangelization and Precatechumenate ends with the Rite of Acceptance. The Rite of Acceptance may be done in February, July, or October. Contact the parish office to choose a Sunday.

Discernment for readiness of the Rite of Acceptance (RCIA 42):

1. Regularly attending Sunday liturgy

2. Beginnings of a spiritual life

3. Fundamentals of Christian teaching, especially the Sign of the Cross

4. First faith: more than right intention, it's an expression of faith

5. Initial conversion

6. Intent to change their lives, join a community, and make a commitment

7. First stirrings of repentance, feeling called away from sin and into the mystery of God's love

8. Begin calling upon God in prayer

9. Sense of the Church, maturing of desire for baptism

10. Experience of members of the Christian community- through conversations and community gatherings

11. Rite of Acceptance instruction- contact the parish office

12. Written request from inquirer

Extra Resources

The parish libraries

FORMED

The Chosen TV Series

Pray as you Go podcast

Laudate app

Scriptural Rosary app

1180 AM

EWTN

Parish Registration/Enrollment Form

Ask the parish office for a Journey of Faith Inquirer Booklet. There is a teacher's guide available for the sponsor.

Inquirers should have a Catholic Bible to use.

Sponsor Tips:

-If the inquirer doesn't yet have a Catholic Bible, this would be a great gift to give at this time.  

-Collect inquirer's reflections, favorite scripture quotes, testimonies, and questions to create a scrapbook gift for later.

-Letter of Good Standing- to be completed by sponsor

 

-Parental Consent Form- necessary if inquirer is a minor

 

-Sponsor's Guide