The Reception of Baptized Christians
Pastoral and Practical Approaches
Author: Ronald A. Oakham
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 or 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.
Specifications: Paperback / 6" x 9" / 96 pages.