Saint-Robert initiates Catholic aspirants, catechumens | Way of life

Every year on Holy Saturday during the Easter Vigil, thousands of people are baptized into the Catholic Church in the United States. The parishes welcome these catechumens as new Catholics through the rite of Christian initiation for adults. Congratulations to catechumens and their families for receiving the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. We also congratulate candidates who have received the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

We begin with the Service of Light, which includes the blessing of the new fire and the Paschal candle, which symbolizes Jesus, the Light of the World. The second part consists of the Liturgy of the Word with a series of scripture readings. After the Liturgy of the Word, the catechumens are presented to the parish community, which prays for them with the Litany of the Saints. Then the priest blesses the water by placing the paschal or paschal candle in the baptismal water. Those who seek baptism then renounce sin and profess their faith, after which they are baptized with the priest uttering the words, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” They are presented with lighted candles from the Paschal candle. They are then confirmed by the priest or bishop who places his hands on their heads and invokes the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. He then anoints them with the oil called sacred chrism. During communion, the newly baptized receive for the first time the Eucharist, the body and blood of Christ.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RICA) is an established program in the Catholic Church that helps people who wish to become Catholic or complete their sacraments, people who need to be baptized, people baptized in another Christian tradition who want to become Catholics and baptized Catholics who need First Communion and/or Confirmation. Families wishing to receive the sacraments are asked to call the parish office.

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