Catechism & RCIA

The Catechism of the Catholic Church

We have the opportunity to listen to talks being given currently by Fr Guy de Gaynesford, STL, parish priest in the diocese of Plymouth, on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. This is a special initiative for the Year of Faith.     Go to the following link to listen to the talks on your computer, or to download them via iTunes: Catechism of the Catholic Church – talks by Fr Guy de Gaynesford

Entering into Full Communion with the Catholic Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) 

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults prepares candidates for reception into Full Communion with the Catholic Church.   The RCIA course below was written by Fr Guy de Gaynesford STL, parish priest in the Diocese of Plymouth, and he has kindly allowed us to reproduce the contents on our parish website.  We will print the various sections and study them as we make our way through the course.

The contents are subject to the teaching authority of the Catholic Church.  Should any discrepancy be discovered between his text and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Fr Guy insists that the Catechism should take precedence.

The Faith of the Catholic Church – An overview of the course

Section 1: What we believe – The Creed

1. The Most Holy Trinity  A look through Old and New Testaments at the origins of the Church’s teaching on the One God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

2. The Bible – God’s Word I  and The Bible – God’s Word II   What the Church believes she is reading in the Scriptures, and how the Scriptures need to exist side by side with the Church’s teaching office (the bishops in union with the Holy Father)

3. Jesus Christ – God becomes Man   A look at who is Jesus Christ and what the Church proclaims he has achieved for us

4. The Church – Mystical Body of Jesus Christ  A consideration of the Church as the visible presence of Christ, through which he continues his ministry in our age

5. What do you find in a Catholic church building?  What we find in a Catholic Church building, why these things are present and their Jewish origins

6. The Church – the People of God  The people who make up the Church – the living (the Church Militant), the holy souls in purgatory (the Church Suffering), and the saints in Heaven (the Church Triumphant)

7. Peter and the Church – Christ’s gift  A look at the ministry of the Pope and the teaching office of the bishops in union with the Pope

8. The Blessed Virgin Mary – Mother of God and Mother of the Church   What the Catholic Church teaches about the Mother of Christ and her place in Catholic devotion relative to Christ and to the saints

Section 2: How we worship – the Seven Sacraments

9.  The Sacramental Economy – God’s continued presence   A look at how God has taught and led the human race through the work of the Son, and how the Son continues to be present in the ministry of the Church

10. The Seven Liturgical Sacraments of the Church – God’s saving work visibly continued  How the seven sacraments are the God-made ways in which Christ continues to lead, feed and heal his people through the centuries

11.  Holy Baptism – the gift of Divine Sonship   A look at how the sacrament of Baptism regenerates the believer, making us God’s adoptive children, filled with the Holy Spirit and heirs to eternal life

12.  The Sacrament of Confirmation – the seal of the Holy Spirit   A look at the sacrament that strengthens baptismal faith, preparing the disciple for adult witness to the Gospel

13.  The Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass – Holy Communion with God, the Saints and the Church The Mass as our way of offering to the Father the saving death and resurrection of Jesus Christ – a sacrifice of thanksgiving and salvation

14.  The Rite of Mass   A look at the structure of the Mass so as to understand better what is there and why it is there

15.  Christian Marriage – Divine Bridegroom and Spotless Bride The calling to image in a human way how God loves his creation, and specifically his Church

16.  Holy Orders – Jesus Christ the High Priest among his Priest-like People  A look at how Jesus Christ is visibly present in the Church as High Priest and as servant

17.  The Two Sacraments of Healing: Anointing the Sick – healing and raising up   A look at how Jesus Christ is visibly and powerfully present in the Church as healer and physician of the soul

18.  The Two Sacraments of Healing:  Reconciliation – renewing the grace of holy Baptism  A look at how Jesus Christ is visibly and powerfully present in the Church for the forgiveness of our particular sins

19.  The Ceremonies of Lent   A brief look at the specific ceremonies that take place in Lent, especially those involving adults preparing for baptism

20.  The Liturgy of Holy Week The apex and climax of the Church’s year – a single liturgical act of worship spread over three days in three major ceremonies which come to their high point in the Easter Vigil at which candidates are baptised (or received into the Church if they have already been baptised), confirmed and receive Holy Communion

Section 3: How we live – theTen Commandments

21.  The Law of Love – The Ten Commandments in the Spirit of the Beatitudes   How the Ten Commandments form the basis of the way the Christian is called to live

22.  Conscience and the Moral Law – the freedom to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with God What conscience is, what it most certainly is not, and how it guides the path of the Christian

23. The Ministry of Every Christian – holiness and the Kingdom of Heaven Living within the Church and what this calls us to do

Section 4: How we pray – the Our Father

24.   Christian Prayer – raising the heart and mind to God   A look at the nature of Christian prayer, what it is as well as what is certainly is not

25.  The Our Father – a summary of the whole Gospel  A close look at what is contained in the seven petitions of the Our Father, and what this tells us about the prayer of the Christian

26.  The Coming of the Kingdom – Heaven, our home   What theologians call eschatology – a look at the last things, especially the call to live with God for ever in heaven