Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The RCIA is a period of spiritual journey that is for adults (aged 22 and upwards) who is interested or shows interest in the Roman Catholic faith, and in the life and teaching of Jesus Christ.
It is open to non-Christians, and baptised Christians seeking to join the Catholic Church. It is supported by baptised Catholics who want to be a sponsor to accompany someone in their RCIA journey.
What is RCIA?
The RCIA is a period of learning and reflection that includes presentations by the spiritual director or priest, group sharing, and prayer. All the sessions at the Cathedral is presented by the Rector, Msgr Philip Heng, SJ.
The next journey will begin on Wednesday 27 June 2018, 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
Outline of the RCIA process
Announcements will be made in the Cathedral weekly bulletin, website and other media channels for people to sign up for RCIA and to meet the team facilitating it.
PERIOD OF INQUIRY
This beginning period lasts about 3 months.
It will conclude with the celebration of the Rite of Acceptance, to initiate those who want to continue the journey into the order of catechumens.
PERIOD OF CATECHUMENATE
This period allows for catechumens to deepen their knowledge of God, and grow in fellowship with other participants. They will also attend part of the 5.30pm Sunday Mass and gather for Gospel sharing from 6:00 pm to 6.30 pm.
There is typically a weekend retreat and Day of Recollection for reflection and prayers.
This period concludes with the celebration of the Rite of Election, which happens on the first Sunday of Lent, some time before Easter.
PERIOD OF PURIFICATION & ENLIGHTENMENT
Participants go through a period of discernment, spiritual direction, praying and preparation for Easter. They will then receive Christ through Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion during the Easter vigil.
PERIOD OF MYSTAGOGY
After Easter, as “new” Catholics, they will attend additional sessions to deepen their faith, and build Small Christian Communities (SCC). These sessions help to also deepen their bonding with one another as brothers and sisters in Christ, and to understand what it means to be a disciple of Christ and of the mission to serve God and the Church. Soon after Easter, there would be a pilgrimage to Malacca in Malaysia for spiritual enrichment and fellowship to build the community.
The RCIA journey wraps up on Pentecost Sunday. To live a life of faith is a lifelong mission, so after this, the “new” Catholics are encouraged to grow in faith by continually receiving Holy Communion and living out the teaching of Jesus.
RCIA sessions are held on Wednesdays, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, at the Father JM Beurel Centre (annex building), 3rd floor