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The Office of Divine Worship & Catechumenate oversees the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) for the Diocese of Joliet and as such provides assistance to parishes in the development of their catechumenate process. The Office oversees all R.C.I.A. liturgies which take place throughout the year at the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus, Joliet, Illinois.


Preparation for the Reception of the Sacraments

Catechumens and Candidates are part of the Catechumenate Process:

Catechumens partake in the following rites:

  • Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens
  • Celebrations of the Word of God
  • Minor Exorcisms
  • Blessings and Anointings
  • Sending Forth from Sunday Eucharist
  • Sending of the Catechumens for Election
  • Rite of Election
  • Three Scruntinies
  • Presentation of the Creed
  • Presentation of the Lord's Prayer
  • Preparation Rites on Holy Saturday
  • Celebration of the Sacrament of Initiation (adults and children)
  • Mystagogy or Post-baptismal catechesis 

 Candidates partake in the following rites:

  • Welcoming the Candidates
  • Sending of the Candidates for Recognition by the Bishop
  • Calling of the Candidates to Continuing Conversion
  • Penitential Rite
  • Reception into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church
  • Reception of Confirmation and First Eucharist
  • Mystagogy 

Catholics coming forward for the reception of Confirmation partake in the following procedures:

  • Interview
  • A time of reflection on the Sacrament of Confirmation
  • Discussion of their role in the Church (ministries)


The Call to Contining Conversion (for the Candidates) will take place on the Sunday before Thanksgiving (unless otherwise noted below)  at the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus. Only Candidates, their families, sponsors and the Catechumenate team will be invited to this ceremony. With many parishes having a year-round Catechumenate Process reception into the Church may take place throughout the year. When planning this ceremony consideration should be made for the Solmenities of the Baptism of the Lord, Pentecost and Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe as possible reception times. 

The celebration of the Call to Continuing Conversion is scheduled for Sunday, November 20 at 2:00 pm at the
Cathedral of St. Raymond, in Joliet. Forms for this celebration will be sent out to the parish Catechumenate
Directors the end of September. For more information please contact the Office of Divine Worship &
Cathechumenate (815) 221-6229.

 Current Year: November 20, 2016
 Next Year:
November 19, 2017

 The Rite of Election (for the Catechumens) will take place on the first Sunday of Lent at the Cathedral. Only Catechumens, their families, sponsors and the Catechumenate team will be invited to this ceremony.

 Current Year:  Feb 14, 2016
 Next Year:
 Mar 05, 2017

Adult Catholics
 will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on the First Sunday in May (unless otherwise noted below). Only the Adult Catholics, their families, sponsors and the Catechumenate team will be invited to this ceremony.

The celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation for adults 18 years old an older who were baptized Catholic and who have already received First Eucharist will take place at the Cathedral of St Raymond on Sunday, March 26 at 2:00 p.m.  Should help be needed in planning for the catechesis of these adults, please contact the Office of Divine Worship and Catechumenate (815) 221-6229.

 Current Year:  May    15, 2016
 Next Year:
 March 26, 2017


Please contact the Office of Divine Worship & Catechumenate with questions and inquiries.