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This handbook will help Pastors and RCIA Directors to assist in the preparation of your entry into the Catholic Church.  Explanations in this handbook range from the different periods of formation to Canonical impediment.

The Rite of Election closes the Period of the Catechumenate. This rite normally coincides with the first Sunday of Lent. At this rite, upon the testimony of sponsors and catechists and the catechumens' affirmation of their intention to join the Church, the Church makes its "election" of these catechumens to receive the Sacraments of Initiation. In the presence of the bishop (or his delegate), you inscribe your names in the Book of the Elect at the cathedral as a pledge of fidelity

The Diocese of Columbus provides a day for those who have been baptized in the Catholic faith, but have not received Confirmation and Holy Eucharist to do so with the Diocesan Bishop.  Those individuals who are part of the RCIA process who fall into this category must attend this special Mass to complete the Sacraments of Initiation because, “even though uncatechized adults have not yet heard the message of the mystery of Christ, their status differs from that of catechumens, since by their baptism they have already become members of the Church and children of God” (RCIA #400).  

Annually, the office sponsors a celebration of adult Confirmation in the Fall. This includes a mandatory retreat. This opportunity enables men and women who have received the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Eucharist in the Catholic Church to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, thus completing the Sacraments of Initiation.

Here are sources that will help parishes, RCIA directors, candidates and catechumens prepare for the RCIA process.  There are listed books for reading, glossary, list of valid Baptisms recognized by the Catholic Church, etc.

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