Baptized non-Catholic in RCIA

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q: I have a different liturgical question for you. I have someone who is a baptized non-Catholic in RCIA. They will be done very soon with RCIA because her classes started late last year, then the lockdown happened, so it was greatly delayed. Am I right to think that she will have to profess the Faith first, be Confirmed second, have her first Confession next, then have her first Holy Communion? All in that order?


A: We usually hear the confession of a baptized non-Catholic just before the Rite of Reception. Confession is permitted for baptized non-Catholics under certain conditions, and this one works. So she should arrange her confession sometime before she is received into the church.

Then you invite her to church and perform the ceremonies all in the same Mass: Reception into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church, Confirmation, and Holy Communion.

See RCIA Part II, Section 5 for the ceremony.