Saint Peter Parish
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
2011-2012 Calendar

Welcome to our Saint Peter Parish R.C.I.A. program. The following pages contain:
• a brief synopsis of the R.C.I.A. process
• some reflections on coming to know God
• calendar and syllabus for our journey together

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

First Period: Period of Evangelization and Precatechumenate
Aim: Awakening Faith
• time to build trust
• to share personal stories, questions
• time to proclaim the message of salvation
• foster initial conversion
This period ends with the Rite of Welcoming on the First Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2011.

Second Period: Period of the Catechumenate
Aim: Deepening initial conversion and passing on Catholic tradition
Participants in the R.C.I.A. are known as:
Catechumens – if not Baptized
Candidates – if already Baptized
This is a time to deepen faith/conversion within the living community through:
• teaching based on Scripture
• prayer and worship
• the life of the community
This period concludes at the Rite of Election on the First Sunday of Lent, February 26, 2012.

Third Period: Period of Purification and Enlightenment
Aim: Time for reflection and penance; affirming what is holy
Participants in the R.C.I.A. at this time are known as:
Elect – those not Baptized
Candidates – those already Baptized
This is a time for:
• recollection
• retreat
• final preparation for the celebration of the initiation Sacraments
This period concludes at the Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 7, 2012.

Fourth Period: Period of Mystagogy
Aim: Celebration of faith, ministries and mission
This is a time for deepening the sacramental life with emphasis on Gospel, Eucharist and Mission.


As in any honest pursuit, we must be open to truth, not only the truth of absolute values but also the truth about ourselves, who we are, and what we want ultimately from the experience of life. This often requires great courage.

We must be willing to take time to question, observe, reflect. In our achievement-oriented society, particularly, it is hard for one to devote time to reflecting on ultimate values. However, it is the most important endeavor of all.

We must be open to our fellow people and treat them as our conscience demands, with dignity and justice. The mature person sees that in each individual there is a spark, however dim, of enduring goodness. This spark is the divine within each person, and if one is ever to find God, he or she must recognize and respect this spark in others.
Taken from: Wilhelm, A., Christ Among Us, Harper and Row Publishers: New York, 1985.

2011 – 2012

Sessions meet Sunday mornings from
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. in the Social Hall unless otherwise noted

Books: In His Light by Rev. William A. Anderson, D. Min., PhD
New American Bible – Saint Joseph Edition

Supplemental Materials: Supplemental material will often be distributed throughout our time together

Rita Kingsbury, Director of Religious Education
office – 330-453-8493
home – 330-477-4763
e-mail –

October 9 Welcome
R.C.I.A. study materials will be distributed
(this meeting will run from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.)
Parish Social Hall – across the parking lot from the Church and part
of the school building

October 16 In His Light – Chapter 1 – In Search of God
Pages 1 – 22
Faith and Suffering in the World

October 23 In His Light – Chapter 2 – Knowing God Better
Pages 23 – 48
The Bible from a Catholic perspective

October 30 In His Light – Chapter 3 – Jesus is Lord
Pages 49 – 78
How do we come to know Jesus?
Death and Resurrection
Jesus and Prayer

November 6 In His Light – Chapter 3 – Jesus is Lord (continued)
Pages 49 – 78
Review and Summary Session

November 13 In His Light – Chapter 6 – Our Christian Family Church
Pages 111 – 136
Brief History of the Church
Apostolic Succession
Structure – A People of God

November 20 In His Light – Chapter 6 – Our Christian Family Church (continued)
Meeting will begin in the Church at 9:00 a.m.
Pages 111 – 136
Mary the Mother of God
Season of Advent/Liturgical Year

November 27 No meeting in Social Hall – Meet in Church
First Sunday of Advent – Rite of Welcoming
10:00 a.m. Mass – seats will be reserved
Sponsors should attend if possible.

December 4 In His Light – Chapter 4 – The Holy Spirit in Our Lives
Pages 79 – 90
Who is the Holy Spirit?
The Mission of the Holy Spirit
The Trinity

December 11 In His Light – Chapter 7 – The Sacraments and Love
Pages 137 – 155
Sacraments – What are they?
How many and why?

December 18 Chapter 12 – Sacrament of Healing: Anointing of the Sick
Chapters 13 & 14 – Sacraments of Service: Marriage and Holy Orders

December 25 No meeting today – Merry Christmas!

January 1 No meeting today – Happy New Year!

January 8 In His Light – Chapters 8 & 9
Pages 157 – 196
Sacraments of Initiation – What are they?
Baptism and Confirmation
Where did they come from? How are they administered?
What happens when we receive these Sacraments?

January 15 In His Light – Chapter 10 – Sacraments of Initiation, Eucharist
Pages 197 – 220
Eucharist, Source and Summit of all Christian Life
Meal and Sacrifice
The Mass

January 22 Continued Discussion- Chapters 8, 9 & 10

January 29 No meeting today – Catholic Schools Week

February 5 In His Light – Chapter 5 – Sin and Life
Pages 91 – 110
Sin in the World and its Effects

February 12 In His Light – Chapter 11 – Sacrament of Healing: Reconciliation
Conscience and Forgiveness
What is necessary to receive the Sacrament?
Season of Lent
Lent and Scrutinies – Holy Week and Easter

February 19 No Meeting

February 22 Ash Wednesday – Lent begins
Masses at: 9:00 a.m. 12:10 p.m. 5:30 p.m.

February 26 First Sunday of Lent
Rite of Sending at St. Peter – Meet in Church for 10:00 a.m. Mass
Seats will be reserved in the front for candidates/catechumens, their families
and their sponsor.

Rite of Welcoming at St. Joseph Church in Canton – time TBA
2427 West Tuscarawas Street

March 4 In His Light – Chapter 15 – Death to Life
Heaven and Hell

March 11 First Scrutiny at St. Peter at 10:00 a.m. Mass

March 18 Second Scrutiny at St. Peter at 10:00 a.m. Mass

March 25 Third Scrutiny at St. Peter at 10:00 a.m. Mass

April 1 Palm Sunday Morning of Reflection

April 5 Holy Thursday
Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00 p.m. in Church – please arrive no later
than 6:45 p.m. – seats will be reserved

April 6 Good Friday
The Passion of Our Lord
Services will be at 12:10 p.m. and at 7:00 p.m. – you are welcome and
encouraged to attend whenever you choose

April 7 Easter Vigil
Reception into our Catholic Community of Faith
(seats will be reserved for you, your family and your sponsor)

April 8 Easter Sunday

Now that we have celebrated the Sacred Triduum our lives are returning to their normal paces. Well not exactly. With the Easter celebration of the Paschal Mysteries hopefully there has been a transformation in all of our lives. This metanoia period or period of ongoing conversion should exemplify our lives as something radically transformed through Christ Jesus.
Traditionally, this period is called the mystagogia, a deepening of our understandings in the mysteries of our faith. For the newly initiated into the faith, this period is the final stage for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.