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RCIA Rite of Acceptance 2017

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by Shaun Chan, RCIA Facilitator 

The start of the Season of Advent in St Ignatius Church (SIC) on 3 December 2017 coincided with the welcoming of the new batch of catechumens into the community. At the 8.45 am Mass, celebrant Fr Lawrence Ng CDD invited the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) enquirers to come into the church after the sounds of "knocking of the church door" were heard. A total of 43 enquirers with their respective sponsors then filed in to attend the Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens. The Rites included welcoming, signing of the cross on the forehead as well as presentation of crucifixes. All these signified a commitment from the entire church community to accept and share in the growth in faith, and work towards giving these new members love, guidance and prayers.

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Fr Lawrence reiterated that although these catechumens cannot participate fully in the Lord’s Eucharist, they should stay with the community as a sign of hope that all God’s children will eat and drink with the Lord. After Mass, the catechumens, their family members and sponsors were invited to join in a breakfast welcoming tea reception initiated by BECCOT (Basic Ecclesial Communities Coordinating Team) during which the new faces had the opportunity to mingle with the larger church community.

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