Sunday, March 25, 2012

Celebration of the last scrutiny

St. Bernard Pastor Emeritus
Mongisnor Gerald McSorley baptizes
Beverly Sanchez during Holy
Saturday services at St. Bernard on
Saturday, April 23, 2011. Sanchez
was one of several young adults to
receive one or more sacraments
of initiation in 2011.
(Michael J. Arvizu/
St. Bernard Church)
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults): The last scrutiny is celebrated today. Holy Week, then, ushers in the most sacred celebrations of initiation as our one elect is baptized, confirmed and receives the Eucharist for the first time at the Easter Vigil.

The following Sunday, April 15, the remaining candidates who journeyed together in the RCIA will be confirmed and receive the Eucharist for the first time, completing their sacraments of initiation.

After Easter, they have a blessed opportunity to rejoice in the gifts they have received as they celebrate the 50 days until Pentecost. During this period called the mystagogia, they will reflect upon all they has happened to them, all that they have chosen and responded to so that they can more fully live out their faith in Jesus Christ.

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