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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)


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