A group of adults begin process for the Sacrament of Confirmation

A group of baptised Catholics have joined an Adult Confirmation Programme.  This programme is for baptised Catholics who for various reasons have not received the Sacrament of Confirmation during their adolescence. 

Through this programme they receive catechesis as well as spiritual formation that will prepare them for their reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation and becoming full members of the Catholic Church. 

We congratulate them on their decision and support them through our prayers.

New Catechumens begin their journey

On 15th January 2021, a group of people have begun their journey to become full members of the Catholic Church through the Rite of Acceptance.

The Rite of Acceptance is an ancient rite that acknowledges the Catechumen’s decision to begin his or her journey to become a full member of the Catholic Church, through reception of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion).

This rite was presided by Fr. Ivan Attard OP who spoke to the new catechumens about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.  Fr Attard also addressed the godparents present and stressed the importance of their role, encouraging them to fulfil their duties as godparents and not to be godparents in name only.  He continued to emphasise that their role as godparents is a role that lasts a lifetime.

We congratulate the new Catechumens on the beginning of their journey in the Catholic Faith and we offer them our prayers and support.

Our Inquirers

All inquirers preparing for the catechumenate met informally on Saturday 18th December 2021.

This meeting was a basic introduction as well as an opportunity for the inquirers to get to know each other and prepare to journey together as catechumens.

Inquirers are people who whether they come from another religion or who hold no religious belief at all are curious about the Catholic faith and have started a process to discern whether to become Catholics. Once they decide they want to become Catholics, they undergo the Rite of Acceptance to become catechumens. As catechumens, thet are prepared by catechists to receive the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion. These Sacraments are usually administered during the Easter Vigil Mass.

This year there are twelve people from different religions, nationalities and walks of life who are enquiring about the Catholic faith.
The Rite of Acceptance will be held on the 15th of January 2022.

We invite the members of the Catholic Church in Malta to keep these brothers and sisters of ours in their prayers as each one prepares for their faith journey.

After Baptism celebration activity

One month after the Baptism of a group of adults, that took place on the 29th of May of this year.  An informal activity was organised at St. Agatha’s in Rabat, to celebrate together their new life after receiving the Sacraments of Initiation.

Mass was celebrated for those present by Fr. Frankie Cini MSSP.  This was followed by an opportunity to get to know each other over light refreshments.

The newly Baptised are very enthusiastic and eager to learn more about their new Faith.  Their joy in the Catholic Faith was encouraging to the cradle Catholics who were present; they felt that their faith was reinforced and inspired through their spiritual enthusiasm.

The Sacraments of Initiation at St. Paul’s Cathedral

On the 29th of May 2021, feast of the Holy Trinity, at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Mdina, His Grace, Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna, received into the Church ten adults, when he conferred on them the Sacraments of Initiation.  

The Elect, those who throughout lent had been preparing to be received into the Church, usually receive the three sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist during the Easter Vigil. 

His Grace personally welcomes them, as the shepherd of the local Church. As neophytes, in the Easter period until Pentecost, the newly baptised are gently immersed into their parishes and other Christian communities through a special period of catechesis called Mystagogy.

This year, because of Covid measures, the ceremony was postponed. Now that they have been welcomed with open arms, let us congratulate them and continue to pray for them as we continue together as one Church on our one faith Journey.

Celebration of the Ancient Rite of ‘The Scrutinies’

The first of the three scrutinies for the elect was celebrated by His Grace, Archbishop Charles Jude Scicluna, during the Third Sunday of Lent liturgy on March 7, 2021 that took place at Good Shepherd Church in Balzan. The elect are the adults undergoing a period of purification and enlightenment as part of their journey to receiving the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist and being welcomed into the Church. 

The Church celebrates the scrutinies during three consecutive Sundays of Lent, from the third to the fifth Sunday. It is an ancient rite and “By this means, first of all, the elect are instructed gradually about the mystery of sin, from which the whole world and every person longs to be delivered and thus saved from its present and future consequences.  Second, their spirit is filled with Christ the Redeemer, who is the living water (gospel of the Samaritan woman in the first scrutiny), the light of the world (gospel of the man born blind in the second scrutiny), the resurrection and the life (gospel of Lazarus in the third scrutiny).  From the first to the final scrutiny the elect should progress in their perception of sin and their desire for salvation.”(Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, 143)

The purpose of the three scrutinies is “to expose and heal all that is weak, defective, or sinful” in the hearts of the elect as well as “to reveal and fortify that which is honourable and good” in the person. In this way they are prepared to the life of holiness of the People of God. 

10 Adults prepare to join the Church

The Rite of Election, celebrated by His Grace Mgr. Charles J. Scicluna, for the catechumens who are preparing to be initiated as full members of the Catholic Church, took place on the 21st of February 2021 at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Grace in Zabbar. 

The Rite of Election closes the period of the catechumenate as it is celebrated on the First Sunday of Lent. Upon the testimony of sponsors and catechists and the catechumens’ affirmation of their intention to join the Church, the Church makes its “election” of these catechumens to receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. In the presence of the Archbishop, they inscribe their names in the Book of the Elect as a pledge of fidelity. Now the catechumens are called “the elect” or “the illuminandi” (“those who will be enlightened”). They now begin a Period of Purification and Enlightenment — the final, intense preparation for the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation that takes place at the Easter Vigil.