Period of the Catechumenate 

The Catechumenate is an extended period during which the candidates are given suitable pastoral formation and guidance, aimed at training them in the Christian life.  In this way, the dispositions manifested at their acceptance into the catechumenate are brought to maturity.  This is achieved in four ways:

  1. Suitable catechesis that is gradual and complete, accommodated to the liturgical year, and celebrated by celebrations of the word.
  2. Assisting catechumens in their journey by means of suitable liturgical rites, which purify catechumens little by little and strengthen them with God's blessing.
  3. Become familiar with the Christian way of life and helped by example and support of sponsors, godparents and the entire Christian community.
  4. The catechumens should also learn how to work actively with others to spread the Gospel and build up the Church by the witness of their lives  and by professing their faith since the Church's life is apostolic is apostolic.  

Rites within the Period of the Catechumenate

  1. Celebrations of the Word of God
  2. Minor Exorcisms
  3. Blessings of the Catechumens
  4. Anointing of the Catechumens

Prepared by the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL)

A Joint Commission of Catholic Bishops' Conferences and the

Bishop's Committee on the Liturgy