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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Welcome!  Thank you for taking the first step in inquiring about membership of the Roman Catholic Church.  We are delighted to accompany you as you know more intimately the living person of Jesus Christ who continues his presence among us in the Church. 

The RCIA, which stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is a process through which non-baptized men and women enter the Catholic Church.  It includes several stages marked by study, prayer and rites at Mass.  Participants in the RCIA are known as catechumens.  They undergo a process of conversion as they study the Gospel, profess faith in Jesus and the Catholic Church, and receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. The RCIA process follows the ancient practice of the church and was restored by the Second Vatican Council as the normal way adults prepare for baptism.

RCIA is a spiritual process for anyone who is inquiring about the Catholic Faith, and also for Catholics who are already baptised, but who, for some reason, were never instructed in the faith or celebrated the Sacraments of Confirmation and/or Holy Eucharist.  

The three goals of RCIA are:

  • To instruct participants about the Catholic Church

  • To bring about a full conversion as a follower of Jesus Christ

  • To become an active member of the faith community

If you are interested in being initiated into the Roman Catholic Church, please consider attending Mass at a nearby parish and contact the Parish Priest to enquire if they have an RCIA programme.

(Please return Completed form to your Parish Priest)

Diocese Welcomes it's Newest Members with Easter Joy!
Alleluia!  Alleluia!

As the Church celebrated the Easter Vigil, Bishop Tom welcomed new members into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil Mass in the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar.  During the celebration, which began at 9pm on Holy Saturday, the catechumens received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion.  The catechumens were joined by their godparents, sponsors and members of the local Catholic community.  

The catechumens participated in their respective parish's RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) programme of instruction, catechesis, prayer, and fellowship.  Catechumens were also welcomed into the Church in the parishes of Ashbourne-Donaghmore, and Duleek.  Our sincere gratitude to their catechists and those involved with their preparation and instruction.

 

Newly-baptized Catholics are traditionally called “neophytes,” a Greek term meaning “newly-planted.”  As they imerse themselves in their faith-communities, we pray they will radiate Christ's love as they strive to live as disciples of Christ, strengthened and sustained by the sacramental life of the Church.

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Ran's Baptism

Ran's Baptism

Ding Ran and their children Emma and Ellie

Ding Ran and their children Emma and Ellie

Bishop with Msgr. Julian and the Family

Bishop with Msgr. Julian and the Family

Emma's Baptism

Emma's Baptism

Sr. Agnes with Ding and Ran and children

Sr. Agnes with Ding and Ran and children

Ding' Baptism

Ding' Baptism

Bishop with Ding

Bishop with Ding

Ellie's Baptism

Ellie's Baptism

Cathedral for Baptism

Cathedral for Baptism

Diocese Celebrates the Rite of Election

Bishop Tom celebrated the Rite of Election with catechumens and their godparents from across the Diocese on the First Sunday of Lent. Catechumens will celebrate the Rite of Initiation into the Church at Easter in the parishes of Ashbourne-Donaghmore, Duleek, St. Mary's-Drogheda, and Mullingar.  Our sincere gratitude to their catechists and those involved with their instruction.  We wish them every blessing for the remainder of their preparation.

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RCIA Schedule 2022-2023

Week 31
Reception of Sacraments

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Week 27
The Resurrection

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Week 22 - Catechesis on the Cross & Laetare Sunday

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Week 18
Lent

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Week 14
The Sacrament of Confirmation

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Week 9 - Christmas, its Customs & Traditions

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Week 5
Mary & the Saints

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Week 1
Introduction to RCIA

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Week 30
The Holy Spirit

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Week 25
Sacraments of Initiation

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Week 21 -The Nicene Creed & The First Scrutiny

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Week 17
The Sacraments of Communion

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Week 13
The Sacrament of Baptism

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Week 8 - Advent Traditions & Advent Ritual

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Week 4 - The Old & New Testaments

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Week 29
Music & Art in the Church

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Week 24
Palm Sunday

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Week 20
The Apostles' Creed

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Week 16
The Sacraments of Healing

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Week 12
Introduction to the Sacraments

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Week 7 - Advent & the Liturgical Year

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Week 3 - Introduction to Scripture & Tradition

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Week 28
Pilgrimage in the Catholic Faith

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Week 23 - Catechesis on the Lord's Prayer & The Third Scrutiny

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Week 19
Rite of Election and Confession

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Week 15
The Sacrament of Eucharist

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Week 10
The Incarnation

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Week 6
Trinity & Faith

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Week 2
Introduction to Prayer

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Scrutinies and Presentations

The scrutinies and presentations are rites belonging to the period of purification and enlightment for the elect. The scrutinies are rites for self-searching and repentance and have above all a spiritual purpose.  The scrutinies are meant to uncover, then heal all that is weak, defective, or sinful in the hearts of the elect, and then give them strength in Christ, who is the way, the truth, and the life.  These rites, should complete the conversion of the elect and deepend their resolve to hold fast to Christ.  

 

In order to inspire in the elect a desire for purification and redemption by Christ, three scrutinies are celebrated.   By this means, first of all the elect are instructed gradually about the mystery of sin, from which every person longs to be delivered an saved.  Second, their spirit is dulled with Christ the Redeemer, who is the living water (gospel of the Samaritan woman in the first scrutiny), the light of the world (gospel of the man born blind in the second scrutiny), the resurrection and the life (gospel of Lazarus in the third scrutiny).  From the first to the final scrutiny the elect should progress in their perception of sin and their desire for salvation.  

The presentation take place after each scrutiny, whereby the Church entrusts to the elect the Creed and the Lord's Prayer, the ancient texts that have always been regarded as expressing the heart of the Church's faith and prayer.  These texts are presented in order to enlighten the elect.  

Rites, Rituals & Scrutinies 2022-2023

Sacraments of Initiation

Easter Vigil

The Lord's Prayer

The Lord's Prayer

Third Scrutiny

Fifth Sunday of Lent

The Creed

The Apostles' Creed

First Scrutiny

Third Sunday of Lent

Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens

Second Sunday of Advent

Preparation Rites for Holy Saturday

Holy Week

Presentation of the Lord's Prayer

Fifth Week of Lent

Second Scrutiny

Laetare Sunday

Presentation of the Creed

Third Week of Lent

Rite of Election

First Sunday of Lent

Diocese of Meath Celebrates the Rite of Election 2021

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Bishop Tom celebrated the Rite of Election on the First Sunday of Lent with catechumens from Longwood, Laytown, Dunboyne and Mullingar parishes.  During the ceremony, the sponsors, catechists, and catechumens affirmed their intention to join the Church, and the Church formally made its ‘election’ of these catechumens to receive the Sacraments of Initiation at Easter. The 'Elect' will intensify their catechetical instruction during the Lenten season in preparation for the Easter Vigil. 

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