A catechumen is an individual who is preparing for full initiation into the Catholic church. During catechesis, catechumens learn the basic truths of the faith and the Bible. They pray and prepare for the liturgy. They also discover the community of the Church. Catechesis is a path, divided into stages, each of which is concluded by a separate rite. As a catechumen, you will not be asked to complete the faith journey alone. You will have a guide and companions. Catechumens study as a group, together with priests, brothers and lay Christians. Your fellows will help you know, understand and live the faith.
The catechetical journey culminates in the Easter celebration, at which the Sacraments of Initiation are traditionally received. New Christians are confirmed at the end of the Easter season, at the Solemnity of Pentecost.
We invite you to begin catechesis with the Dominicans. If you want to join the adult catechesis class, fill out the registration form and join our meetings (the deadline to register is usually in the early Fall). We will contact everyone who registers individually.
Ø Baptism: Thursday 7-9pm
Ø Confirmation and Eucharist: Tuesday 7-9pm
Sacrament Preparation includes:
Ø Weekly two-hour meetings (at the above times)
Ø Sunday Masses (at 11am)
Ø Two individual meetings with a priest
Ø Two retreats (for the 2018 Liturgical Year, these took place in November and February)
Reception of the sacraments of baptism and Holy Communion usually take place at the Easter Vigil Mass, and catechesis concludes at Pentecost with confirmation. We progress towards these celebrations together. Catechesis allows individuals to develop a personal knowledge of God and find an authentic life in the Church. To accomplish this, our meetings introduce you to others share their faith and life experiences, and who can provide personal support.
The sacraments are the surest way to receive God’s grace. We hope that all will learn how to live with God. Because of this, Catechesis includes common prayer, scripture reading, and conversation. Catechumens learn about the foundations of our faith and learn to pray and live in community.
We recommend that you look at the website 7pierwszych.pl to discover more about the sacraments.
If you want to support the work of those preparing adults for the sacraments, make donations through the Dominican Liturgical Center.
The funds received this way will be used to purchase and prepare materials and trips that are fundamental to forming catechumens.
Ø What does it mean to believe?
Ø God: One, Simple, Perfect, Creator of Heaven and Earth
Ø God’s Plan and the Catastrophe of Original Sin
Ø The History and Origins of Israel
Ø Salvation through Jesus Christ
Individual Prayer and Liturgy
Ø Personal Prayer
Ø The Bible: How should I listen?
Ø The Bible: How should I respond?
Ø A Short Guide to the Mass
Ø The Profession of Faith
The Profession of Faith
Ø God the Father: Almighty God and Human Freedom
Ø Son of God
Ø Holy Spirit
Ø Faith in the Holy Trinity
Ø The Church
Actions of the Faithful Life
Ø The Conscience
Ø The Ten Commandments
Ø The Seven Deadly Sins
Ø The Theological Virtues
Ø The Cardinal Virtues
Ø The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Ø The Eight Beatitudes
Ø The Meaning of Conversion
Ø Encounters with Jesus: The Samaritan Woman, The Man Born Blind, and Lazarus
This is the period of initial searches. We need to get to know each other and learn the basic things: what is the faith in which God believes the Church and how does he know about it, why Christians read the Bible and how to use it, how to pray and why it should be done. This stage lasts from October to the beginning of Advent and ends with a request for baptism (or confirmation). During this time, we will try to show you that it is worth believing in God. When this period is over, you will become a catechumen.
Take-off: Catechumenate proper
It begins with the rite of admission to the catechumen usually at the beginning of Advent. Catechumen receiving the sign of the cross and the Gospel - two treasures of the Church. At this time, we read the Gospel according to St. Mark. We try to know who Jesus is and why he died on the Cross. We learn to apply the Gospel in everyday life.
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This stage lasts until the beginning of Lent. It ends with the rite of election, during which the community of the Church chooses specific persons to be baptized during the coming Easter holidays. During this time, the first weekend trip takes place.
Sprint: Period of Purification and Enlightenment
It is a short but very intense time of direct preparation for receiving the sacraments. It aims to purify or change the way we think and act. We are not able to convert ourselves, that's why God helps us in this process. We try to get to know ourselves better. During this time, a series of rituals, so-called callers, falls. Also at this stage, the catechumens receive the symbol of faith and the prayer "Our Father." At the end, they receive baptism, confirmation and communion.
Persons preparing for Confirmation enter confession and communion. Now they know each other better and know what decisions are connected with faith. During this time, there is a second weekend trip.
Marathon: The period of Mystagogy
The course does not end with baptism. It continues for all participants. It ends only on the day of Pentecost. At this stage, we try to deepen what we have learned so far. We try to understand how the Holy Spirit works. It's a whole new quality of life. It is difficult to explain in words, you have to experience it.
In the evening on the eve of Pentecost, we give the sacrament of Confirmation.
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