The Way to Become Catholic

RCIA – The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

What are Scrutinies? For those preparing for full initiation at Easter, the ninety days from Ash Wednesday through Pentecost, are referred to as the Period of Purification and Enlightenment. During Lent our Elect and Candidates are invited to reflect on three stories found in John’s Gospel: The Samaritan Woman at the Well, The Healing of the Man Born Blind, and the Raising of Lazarus from the dead. These powerful stories challenge us to identify our thirst for living water, to name our spiritual blindness, and to be freed from whatever entombs us. On the third, fourth, and fifth Sundays of Lent we will hear these Gospel stories proclaimed and pray for the Elect asking God to free them from all evil so that they may know Christ as the source of Living Water, the Light of the World and life everlasting. The Scrutinies will be celebrated at various Masses so all of our parish community will be able to pray for our Catehchumens Elect during the final weeks of sacramental preparation.