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The Sacrament of Confirmation

During Pentecost Christ our hope concentrates on the Sacrament of Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation for children


Confirmation is a rite of initiation in many Christian Churches, normally in the form of laying on of hands and/or anointing for the purpose of bestowing the Gifts of the Holy Spirit upon them. In some denominations, confirmation bestows full membership in the church upon the recipient. In others, such as the Roman Catholic Church, confirmation "renders the bond with the Church more perfect", but a baptized person is already a full member.



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The First Pentecost

- the birthday of the Body of Christ



Acts 2:1-4 Now when the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues [languages], as the Spirit gave them utterance.


Pentecost was originally a Jewish Feast, Pentecost is the Greek word for Shavuot and commemorates the anniversary of the day God handed the Torah to the nation of Israel assembled at Sinai. See Seasons 2

The Celtic church celebrates the third of its 40 day fasts in the period after Whitsun; go to the Kernow Community Blog for more information on a Celtic Whitsun

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The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults - RCIA

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process developed by the Catholic Church for prospective converts to Catholicism who are above the age of infant baptism. Candidates are gradually introduced to aspects of Catholic beliefs and practices. The basic process applies to adults and older children, with younger children initiated through an adapted version sometimes incorrectly referred to as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC).

Note that this article has been written primarily to describe the Rite as established in the United States; it will not necessarily reflect the details of the Rite as developed by other Bishops' Conferences, for instance in England and Wales, in Australia or in Scotland.  

According to William Harmless SJ, when in 1972 the Vatican promulgated the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) it showed unexpected radicalism. True goal of the document was a reversion of a thousand years of initiatory practice and attitude of the Western Church. Ralph Keifer described it as a liturgical revolution, "under the aegis of an ecumenical council, with the approval of the Roman see, and over the signature of the Roman pontiff, the primary rites of initiation . . . have been turned upside down and inside out, heralding a cry to begin a reform and renewal of the most radical sort.”[1] William Harmless pointed out that the whole project can be easily tamed, watered down, or ignored as it introduces things radically different from many of the Church's inherited liturgical, pastoral, and catechetical habits. He notices also that the document gives only the barest outline and needs to be completed by a thorough research of the practice of the Fathers of the Church who were experts in the field of Christian initiation.[2]
[William Harmless SJ (1953-2014) completed his doctorate at Boston College in 1990 and had taught at Spring Hill College, Mobile AL, and Creighton University. [3]]
The ideal is for there to be an RCIA process available in every Roman Catholic parish. Those who want to join an RCIA group should aim to attend one in the parish where they live.
For those who join an RCIA process it is a period of reflection, prayer, instruction, discernment, and formation. There is no set timetable and those who join the process are encouraged to go at their own pace and take as much time as they need. However, on average the process takes between eight to twelve months, but it can take up to two years or more. Those who enter the process are expected to begin attending 
Holy Mass on a Sunday, attend a weekly RCIA session, and to become increasingly involved in the activities of their local parish.
The RCIA process should be overseen throughout every period and step by the local parish 
pastorclergy and/or religious. However, the week-to-week running of the process, including the teaching element, is increasingly being undertaken by lay Catholic Catechists.
[As a lay member of an RCIA team since 2004, I can vouch for the orthodoxy of the program we offer. Our pastor runs the RCIA program with the parochial vicar. These priests adhere to Catholic orthodoxy in presenting the essential teachings of the Catholic Church. The vetted support team of two lay catechists offer their experiences and comments, and answer questions from the candidates, as appropriate; they also offer occasional presentations (e.g., the liturgical year, sacramentals, devotions) under the supervision of our pastor, to whom is submitted all presentation outlines. --Patricia A. Gallagher, Charlotte NC] to complete article