Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
RCIA stage 1: Just Looking
In the inquiry stage, you are just finding out about Jesus, Christianity, and the Catholic Church. Your main task is to explore and develop your faith so you can make an informed initial decision about entering the Catholic Church. The final decision won't come for a long time, when you actually enter the Church at Easter Vigil and receive the Sacraments of Initiation.
RCIA stage 2: Learning about the Faith
In the catechumenate, your faith has begun to develop. Now you need to learn and grow. Your focus on catechesis in this stage: learning about the faith, living as a Christian, and developing your interior life.
Your job now is to come into closer contact with the Living God and learn even about the Catholic Faith.
RCIA stage 3: Getting ready for rebirth!
This period of purification and enlightenment is the final stage before receiving the Easter Sacraments of Initiation into the Church: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. (Those already baptized with a valid baptism in another Christian church aren't baptized again.)
This stage of intense reflection calls you to deeper conversion in preparation for your renewal at Easter. This is what the season of Lent is for, but it has a special intensity for you as you prepare to enter the Church and receive the Sacraments of Initiaion. The Church uses three profound and beautiful passages from the Gospel of John to focus this preparation effort.
RCIA stage 4: Reflecting on the mysteries of the Mass
This stage of Mystagogy during Easter is for continued reflection on the sacraments you have received at Easter, especially the Eucharist. Specific catechesis on the Mass, the Sacraments, and especially the Eucharist are the focus of this stage. The Mass and the Eucharist are the "source and summit" of the Christian life in the Catholic Church, and this period is designed to help you understand, appreciate, and live more deeply this center of Catholicism.
That's a good overview of the Catholic RCIA stages, with more than enough supplemental information to think about for a while! Remember that the Catholic RCIA stages are a good model of basic faith development, so you can learn from them even if you're not in the RCIA process.
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