Why Are Some RCIA Participants Dismissed In The Middle Of The Mass?

Category: RCIA,

Each Sunday, at the 9AM Mass, those adults preparing to be baptized into the Catholic Church, and those candidates preparing for reception into the Catholic Church, are dismissed at the end of the Liturgy of the Word. This will continue each Sunday until Easter when,  at the Easter Vigil, those who are ready, will join us at the Table of the Eucharist for the first time.

The Parish is not sending them out because they are somehow “unworthy” to stay for the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Though they cannot yet come to the Table of the Eucharist, Mother Church still has an obligation to feed those who have entered a relationship with her through the Rite of Acceptance, which was celebrated in our Parish this past October.

God’s Word is their only food during this period. Instead, the participants depart from the Mass with one or more RCIA Team Members, to discuss the Mass readings for that Sunday, and to experience more fully the impact of the Scriptures in their lives. This time is known as “Reflection on The Word.”  “All Scripture is inspired by God, and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the one who belongs to God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (–2 Timothy 3:16-17)