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The mission of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) also known as the Baptismal Catechumenate is to draw the individual into the mysteries of Jesus Christ and in turn into full communion with the Catholic Church. Important in this practice is revealing the reality of the Gospel as truth. The Gospel of St. Mathew (28:17-20) serves as one of the biblical sources for the catechumenal process. The "Great Commission" calls the Apostles to proclaim the Gospel and Baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

"The Church provides official catechetical norms and guidelines for the celebration of the sacraments. These are essential tools for sacramental catechesis. The Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) sets forth the directives to be followed throughout the process of the initiation of adults and children of catechetical age into the life of the church." (National Directory of Catechesis, Page 114)

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Paola Quintero-Araújo, MA
Director of St. Junipero Serra Institute
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Melissa Loza
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