Participants are called Inquirers. The Inquirers focus on sorting out their beliefs about God, others, self, church and faith. This period is a time of asking, thinking, looking... It is also a time to share stories — Scripture stories, stories of the Saints, and personal faith stories.
Through open dialogue, exposure to Scripture, and personal sharing, the Inquirers are introduced to the person of Jesus.
Transition to the Second Period: The Rite of Acceptance into the Catechumenate
The Rite of Acceptance is celebrated at Sunday Mass with the Catholic Community. During the Rite, the Inquirers are claimed for Christ with the sign of the cross. They promise to follow the ways of Jesus and to engage in a serious period of formation. The Inquirers not yet baptized are now called Catechumens. Those who have been baptized will be Candidates for Full Communion.