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{{vm.product.SpProduct.Article}} Reception of Baptized Christians
Pastoral and Practical Approaches

Ronald A. Oakham

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Receiving baptized Christians into the full communion of the Catholic Church is not initiation. As validly baptized Christians, they have already been initiated into Jesus Christ. When we welcome them, we are welcoming brothers and sisters in Christ, whether they are fully catechized practicing members of their faith communities orthose who have received little or no Christian formation. It is a situation that calls for ecumenical sensitivity and pastoral wisdom on the part of those who will accompany these candidates as they prepare for reception.

In this book, Ron Oakham grounds his proposal for the reception of baptized Christians in the Church’s Decree on Ecumenism and the text of the Rite of Reception into the Full Communion of Catholic Church. Using the practices of experienced parish ministers around the country, he describes a path for the preparation of both catechized and uncatechized candidates grounded in their Baptism. Finally, he discusses the celebration of the Rite of Reception and mystagogical reflection.

This wonderful pastoral resource should be on the bookshelf of every cleric and any member of a parish initiation or reception team. Fr. Ron reminds us all of the important distinctions between catechumens, baptized and uncatechized Catholics, and baptized Christians seeking the full communion of the Catholic Church. Most importantly, he challenges us, through personal stories from initiation teams around the country, to foster a greater respect for the baptism of fellow Christians while focusing on the Eucharist as the pinnacle sacramental celebration.

—Christopher J. Ferraro, Director of Music

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Lindenhurst, NY

This book provides real-life examples of people seeking to become Catholic, how to discern their needs, to best fit the rites to their situation and to help them come to full communion “with no greater burden than necessary” (RCIA, 473). It is a valuable resource for every RCIA director.

—Catherine Crino, Director of Religious Education

St. Emily Parish, Mount Prospect, IL

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