Uncatechized Catholics

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q: One of the candidates in our RCIA has been baptized Catholic, but was not raised as Catholic because her family left the church.  She has had no faith formation at all since her childhood. Do we have to wait for Easter Vigil for the completion of the Sacrament of Initiation (First Communion, First Confession & Confirmation)? or can we do it earlier than the Easter Vigil? Please advise me.  Thank you.


A: RCIA 409 envisions that uncatechized Catholics complete their initiation sacraments at the Easter Vigil. But it allows other timetables.

In this case, because the baptism was in the Catholic Church, the Bishop is the ordinary minister of confirmation, so either he confirms the candidate or he delegates you to do it. You may request that delegation from the bishop. Or you may prepare the candidate for first confession and first communion and go forward with those sacraments, then invite her to be confirmed by the bishop whenever he makes that possible.