The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) lies at the heart of our Lenten journey. Lent was originally the climax of the preparation for the Easter Sacraments for converts from Paganism in the Early Church. It also became a time of reconciliation for those who had apostasised and needed to do penance before they,too, were reconciled at the Easter Mysteries. The situation in our own day may not be too different! There are many people seeking Baptism as adults in the Catholic Church. There are also those who have been baptised in other Christian communities seeking Full Communion with the Catholic Church. Hence the importance of proper preparation and instruction of these converts and inauguration into the life of our parishes.
The Rite of Election is part of the RCIA journey. In this profoundly moving ceremony, those adults seeking Baptism and those seeking Full Communion with the Catholic Church come before the Bishop as the head and father of the Diocese to express their commitment. The Bishop, in his turn, acknowledges their desire and formally accepts them as Catechumens and Candidates respectively with the hope that in a few short weeks these men and women will fully become part of the Catholic Church. The ceremony takes place 1st Sunday of Lent (1st March) in St. David’s Cathedral, Cardiff, at 3.00pm. It is a very public expression of the theology and pastoral care of the Church for the Catechumens and those seeking Full Communion. Please come and support these people on their faith journey at this important time.