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Catechumenate Resources


The Order of Christian Initiation for Adults (OCIA) is the revised ritual book which is use with adults who seek to formally join the Catholic Church. It replaces the previous ritual text…Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).
Editions Available for Pre-order:

English: The Order of Christian Initiation of Adults: Study Edition

Spanish: Ritual de la Iniciación cristiana de adultos. Edición de estudio

Preorders received by September 30, 2024 will receive a 10% discount.

Guidelines for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults in the Archdiocese of New York (updated in February 2022) were written to provide catechumenate coordinators and pastors in the Archdiocese of New York with information and guidance on practical questions about the Christian initiation of adults and children of catechetical age.

The Sacramental Preparation Policy for Catholic Schools document (effective January 2019) was written to provide Catholic High Schools and pastors of the Archdiocese of New York with information and guidance on the best pastoral approaches for the Christian initiation of students in Catholic High Schools.

R.C.I.A. Catechumenate Handbook:

Manual del Catecumenado (R.I.C.A):

Catechumenate with Children Handbook:


Apprentices in Faith: has an online resource for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults by RCL/Benziger.
Friends of the Forum: although the North American Forum on the Catechumenate is gone, the vision lives on!
The Pastoral Center: a resource of 23rd Publications provides parish leaders with resources for all levels of parish catechetical ministry.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: Questions/Answers from the USCCB.
Team RCIA: a free online resource for Catholic parishes that want to start or sustain the catechumenate in their communities.
Liguori Publications: Journey of Faith has specific materials for specific audiences:  adults, teens, children, and Latinos.

Liturgy Training Publication Resource Videos:
Liturgy Training Publications offer free videos on the Christian Initiation Process and other resources Here are a few:

The Period of Evangelization and Precatechumenate

The Rite for Entrance into the Catechumenate

The Period of the Catechumenate

The Rite of Election or Enrollment of Names

The Period of Purification and Enlightenment

The Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation

The Period of Mystagogy

Visit LTP for on their website, for more videos and additional resources that you may share with your parish staff and team.

Informational Pages (English):

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