In the early Church, the need for vigilance in admitting new Christians arose during the age of persecution, when Christians were being tortured and persecuted because of their faith. Then the Church encouraged careful religious and moral training. This is how the Catechumenate began.

In recent years the Church had discovered in its ancient tradition of Catechumenate a great treasure. The bishops assembled at the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council recognized it and by decree restored the Catechumenate. In 1972, the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship fulfilled the mandate of that decree with the promulgation of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. No longer would new members come into the Church merely through individual instruction or private convert classes. Rather, they would undertake the journey of conversion and faith in the midst of the community of the faithful.

In 1974 a “provisional” English translation of the new rite was approved by the American Bishops for use in the dioceses of the United States. The RCIA as it soon came to be known became mandatory in the dioceses of the United States of America on September 1, 1986. when the final and definitive translation of the rite was published.

In 1987, our parish implemented the RCIA process of initiation. Since 1987 to 2012 we had around 340 baptized into the Catholic Church and 680 who received their Confirmation and First Holy Eucharist.


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