St. James the Apostle Parish

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TRIVIA ANSWER: B) Catechumens and Candidates

Persons preparing to become Catholic Christians are known as catechumens and candidates.  Those who have never been baptized in any church are referred to as catechumens. At the Easter Vigil they will be fully initiated and celebrate the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist that night. Those who were already baptized in another Christian church are called candidates. The Catholic Church recognizes the Baptism of most denominations and does not ordinarily re-baptize people when they become Catholic. At the Easter Vigil candidates complete their full initiation through the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.

If you are at the 8:45 AM Mass at St. James, you will experience the Dismissal Rite. After the homily, the catechumens and candidates are called forward, blessed by all in the assembly and then leave the church in procession before the Liturgy of the Eucharist begins, as we all sing a refrain pledging our prayerful support of them. Accompanied by reflectors (members of the RCIA Team), the catechumens and candidates go to another area of the building to continue the Liturgy of the Word. The reflectors help the inquirers to “break open” and understand the Bible readings that were proclaimed at Mass, to share on how the Scripture is touching their lives, and to pray that the Word will transform them.  Throughout these months when the catechumens and candidates are not yet able to share fully in the Eucharist at the Lord’s Table by receiving Communion, they are fed generously on the Word of God during their time of reflection together at the Dismissal.

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