||A determination by church authorities that a previous marriage
was not sacramentally valid and, therefore, not an impediment to a sacramental marriage in
||A person already baptized in another Christian community who is now preparing
to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church.
||Religious instruction in the fundamentals of Christianity in the Catholic
||A person who is not baptized and is preparing for full initiation at the
Easter Vigil through Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
|Cycle A, B, C
||Refers to the three year cycle of liturgical readings used at Sunday Mass.
Cycle A: Gospel of Matthew; Cycle B: Gospel of Mark; Cycle C: Gospel of Luke. All three cycles
incorporate the Gospel of John. The R.C.I.A. makes particular use of the Cycle A readings
during the Scrutinies of Lent.
||A period of seven weeks beginning with Easter Sunday and ending with the
feast of Pentecost.
||The name given to catechumens who enter the final phase of preparation for
full initiation into the Catholic Church.
||Inviting, welcoming, witnessing, sharing the faith and proclaiming the Gospel
to inquirers and candidates during the precatechumenate.
||Those who participate in the precatechumenate process. They are inquiring
into Christianity in the Catholic tradition.
|Situations in which an inquirer or candidate is involved in a marital relationship
not fully in accord with church law and/or teachings.
||A six week period extending from Ash Wednesday to Holy Thursday. It is a
period of preparation for the Easter Triduum
| Liturgical Year
||The seasons and cycles of the Christian year including Christmas, Easter
and Ordinary Time.
||A (recommended) one year period following initiation into the Catholic Church
wherein new members meet to explore and deepen their understanding of the mysteries of the
||The statutes implementing the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults in
the United States under the authority of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.
||A new Catholic who has received the sacraments of initiation.
|Rite of Christian
Initiation of Adults
|The official collection of rites of the Roman Catholic Church for initiation
of adults (including children of catechetical age) and the reception of baptized candidates
into the Church.
||The first period of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults consisting
of an introduction to the Christian way of life in the Catholic tradition.
|The third period of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults coinciding
usually with Lent and within which catechumens and candidates are prepared for full initiation
into the Church at the Easter Vigil.
|Rite of Welcome/
Rite of Acceptance
|For those already baptized, this is the bridge between the inquiry period
and the period of pastoral formation within the catechumenate.
|Rite of Election
||Presided over by the Bishop, the rite inaugurates the period of Purification
and Enlightenment for those who are not baptized.
|Call to Continuing
|A rite which inaugurates the period of Purification and Enlightenment for
those already baptized.
||Three rites of exorcism for the elect, which occur during Lent.
|Members of a parish community who meet in small groups to pray, share faith,
read scripture, and journey together toward deeper discipleship.
|Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist (usually received at the Easter Vigil
by those not baptized).
||The "three days" of the celebration of Easter beginning at sundown
on Holy Thursday and concluding on Easter Sunday. It includes the liturgies of Holy Thursday,
Good Friday, Ester Vigil (Saturday evening) and Easter Sunday.