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 Adults Seeking Baptism
Adults Seeking Baptism
  If an adult is not baptized, he or she should seek initiation in the Catholic Church.  Full initiation is: Baptism, Confirmation and Communion.  The preparation for baptism is an experience of conversion to Jesus Christ.  The Church helps in this conversion by providing the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).  

***Please contact a priest directly for more information about baptism.  

In addition to catechism classes, the person will follow the stages of conversion in the RCIA:
  1. Period of Inquiry:  Most likely, this period was the question-asking that the person did on their way to a decision to approach the Church for baptism.  If not, the person's immediate questions would be answered to their satisfaction.  
  2. Period of the Catechumenate:  When the person is ready to seek baptism, he or she is accepted as a Catechumen (a person officially preparing for baptism).  Catechumens are members of the Church (though still lacking baptism), and can have Catholic weddings and funerals.  Catechumens are encouraged to continue learning about the faith and convert their lives to Christ in preparation for the gift of salvation in baptism.  The period of the Catechumenate lasts as long as a person requires to prepare themselves for baptism.  
  3. Period of Purification and Enlightenment:  When a Catechumen is judged by the parish to be ready, he or she is 'elected' by the Bishop to receive baptism.  This happens at the beginning of Lent, the period before Easter.  The Elect is then asked to scrutinize himself or herself so that all worldly ambition is weeded out.  The Church provides three scrutinies and other preparation rites to help in this endeavor.  
  4. Initiation in the Faith:  At the Easter Vigil, the Elect receives Baptism, Confirmation and receives their first Communion.  At St. Mary's Cathedral, the Bishop celebrates these sacraments as the priests of the Cathedral assist.  
  5. Period of Mystagogy:  The Christian life is not done after baptism!  Rather, the Church provides some other classes/formation for the newly baptized so that they might better understand what they have received and might be able to live it out for the rest of their lives.  Afterwards, he or she lives as a full Catholic, practicing the faith until the Lord comes for them at the end of this life.  
    St. Mary's Cathedral
    112 S Cedar St.  Grand Island, NE 68801
    PH: (308) 384-2523 | FAX: (308) 384-2527
    Office Hours: Mon-Thurs 8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.
    Email:
    office@stmarysgi.com

    St. Mary's Immigration Program/Programa de Inmigración
    PO Box 938 | Grand Island, NE 68802-0938
    PH: (308) 381-2855 | FAX: (308) 381-2925
    Office Hours: Tues-Fri 9:00a.m. - Noon & 1:00p.m. - 5:30p.m.
    Saturday: By appointment only ~ Sunday ~ Closed