Catholic Initiation Ministry for Adults

What is it?

This process is a journey of faith, a deep conversion to Jesus Christ within the Catholic tradition. During formation each person is invited to grow in faith by reflecting on God’s Word, the Catholic Community’s life, liturgy, beliefs, and apostolic works. This is a total formation process culminating in full membership in the Catholic Church, through the Sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist.

Who is it for?

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is primarily designed for persons seeking Baptism; that is, those not baptized previously. Since baptized Christians from other denominations may also be seeking full reception in the Catholic Church, our process of initiation is adapted to their needs as well. The process is also open to baptized Catholics who would like to complete their initiation with first Eucharist and Confirmation.

Those baptized Catholic students who have already received first Eucharist and are seeking Confirmation alone are invited to the Campus Ministry preparation process with Beth Samson BethSamson@creighton.edu

What is the process?

The process of full initiation into the Church has four stages, beginning with the Period of Inquiry. This is a time for questions and discernment. Not all inquirers decide to enter the Church or to complete their initiation— it is up to the individual.

The Period of Catechesis begins with the Rite of Acceptance, or Welcome. During this time we meet weekly to pray, share and reflect on scripture, and to discuss Church teachings. Participants attend Sunday Mass, where they are blessed by the parish community as they are sent forward to further reflect on the Gospel of Jesus after the Liturgy of the Word. This is a time to deepen the life of faith and the awareness of God’s love. In this stage, those seeking baptism are called Catechumens, and are asked to journey in this process for at least one year.

A baptized person needing more study before first Eucharist and Confirmation is invited to share this stage as long as they need in order to be prepared for completing the sacraments of initiation.

The Period of Purification and Enlightenment begins with the First Sunday of Lent. The Rite of Election for those seeking baptism is celebrated at this time. This period continues the reflection on scripture and one’s own life, focusing now upon Lenten themes: liberation from sin, deepening in prayer, works of charity and sacrifice.

Full initiation into the Catholic Church takes place at the Easter Vigil through the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Baptized Christians of other denominations can also be received into full communion with the Catholic Church at this time, or at another suitable time during the year.

The last stage is the Mystagogia, a fifty day “afterglow” typically from Easter Sunday to Pentecost, when the new Church members meet several times to reflect further on their understanding of the Easter sacraments, become better integrated into the faith community, and discover how they can participate in the Church Community into which they have been welcomed.

Those previously baptized people who receive full communion in the Catholic Church at Easter, or another suitable time, are also invited to spend a period of mystagogia, meeting together to unpack the joy of the sacraments they have received.

How long does it take?

For someone new to the Christian faith, seeking baptism, conventional wisdom advises at least a full year of living through the Church’s liturgical life as a catechumen. This culminates in the Baptism, Confirmation, and first Eucharist all received at the Easter Vigil, the Saturday night before Easter Sunday.

For someone who is already initiated into the Christian tradition through Baptism, and who now seeks full communion in the Catholic Church through first Eucharist and Confirmation, the length of the process will vary depending on the needs of the individual. We will walk with you however long it takes! This first Eucharist, and Confirmation can be celebrated at the Easter Vigil along with catechumens, but can also be celebrated at other suitable times of the year.

An invitation...

St. John’s Initiation Ministries are coordinated by our parish life director. If you are interested in exploring the Catholic Church at St. John’s please contact Sara at 402-280-2934 or SaraSB@creighton.edu

More information can be found here.


Confirmation Only

For current Creighton students

Preparation sessions are offered for Catholic Creighton students wishing to celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation through Campus Ministry. Please contact Beth Samson BethSamson@creighton.edu for more information.

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