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1st Period: Precatechumenate or Inquiry
The first period of the Order of Christian Initiation of adults gives inquirers the initial introduction into the Christian way of life in the Catholic Tradition. They have an opportunity to share their stories in the context of learning the traditions and stories of the church.

First Step: Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens
Generally celebrated during Advent, the Rite of Welcoming (for the already baptized) and the Rite of Acceptance (for the Unbaptized) are liturgical ceremonies marking the beginning of the Catechumenate period. The candidates and inquirers express their intention to continue learning the ways of the Church, and in turn, the Church promises to support them in their Faith Journeys.

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