Pastoring from the Rite of Acceptance to the Rite of Election
As Lent approaches, so does a major liturgical gateway: the Rites of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion. As the period preceding this gateway draws to a close, participants should “have undergone a conversion in mind and in action and to have developed a sufficient acquaintance with Christian teaching as well as a spirit of faith and charity” (RCIA 120). RCIA participants should have become increasingly involved with the local community, which can wholeheartedly acclaim their readiness because it knows them. This workshop unfolds the elements of pastoral care leading to a deepened conversion, mature discernment, and God-willing, an encounter with the apostolic shepherd of the diocese calling each soul forward to the sacraments of new life.