Sacraments of Initiation
Part 3 The Rite for Adults and Children

Chapter i32 The Period of Evangelization

Preliminary Questions

Bibliography

Pre-catechumenate

The Rite of Acceptance Into The Order Of Catechumens

Dismissal of the Catechumens

Inactive Catholics

To Think About

Preliminary Questions

 

Bibliography

Encyclical on Evangelization

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Pre-catechumenate

1. Period of Evangelization "This is a time, of no fixed duration or structure, for inquiry and introduction to Gospel values, an opportunity for the beginnings of faith." p 48.

Vocabulary:  sympathizer, precatechumenate, inquirers, sponsors, evangelization.

Evangelization: the activity of the Church whereby a first proclamation of the Gospel is made to those persons inquiring about the faith.

Purpose: Awareness of basic meaning of Christianity

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The Rite of Acceptance Into The Order Of Catechumens

"This is the liturgical rite, usually celebrated on some annual date or dates, marking the beginning of the catechumenate proper, as the candidates express and the Church accepts their intention to respond to God's call to follow the way of Christ." p. 48.

1. Gathering (Receiving the Canidates)

Greeting, come forward, Name, questions
Question:  First acceptance of the gospel
Affirmation by the Sponsors and the assembly
Signing of the candidates with the cross
    giving of cross
Opening Prayer (concluding Prayer-Concludes the Gathering rites)

2. Story Telling

invitiaon
readings
homily
presentation of a bible
Intercessions for the Catechumens
    invitation
    intentions--prayer
    presider's prayer--prayer over the catechumens
dismissal of the Catechumens [TO a reflection on the word.]

3. Meal Sharing

4. Commissioning

 

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Dismissal of the Catechumens

(at [Sunday] Eucharist) -- This is a special case. We have grown in our understanding through our pastoral practice.

Stage one: It'll never work. Everybody comes to Mass: friends, visitors, etc. But let's put in the Rite because of the tradition.

Stage two: Some (USA) try it. It works great! Other activities are planned for the catechumens, usually reflection on the Liturgy of the Word. This is more "reasonable"; why come to the table when you can't eat? Americans are always very practical! It also gives continual visible expression to the catechumenate throughout the year. And puts a real responsibility on the people who remain for the Eucharist. Why Are I different from them?

Stage three: What does the fact that the catechumens leave say about the meaning of the Eucharistic Prayer? Lex orandi. Should people who are not invited to eat be invited to the table for the meal prayer?

Stage four: Rethinking of others (other than catechumens) who are there but cannot eat: infants, ecumenical marriages, divorced and remarried, priests who are resigned active ministry, etc.

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Inactive Catholics

USCC lists 6 major types of Catholic dropouts:

The six above are the principle reasons for leaving. Other reasons: ineffective preaching, moving to a new town; personal or family quarrel; deterioration of family life; impersonal nature of a large parish; anger with God because of a tragedy in the family; impact of consumer society.

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To Think About

 

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