Download and take a look at the PDF entitled: FIRST RITE(S)
THE PURPOSE is two-fold, depending on which group (unbaptized or baptized) is being addressed.
The UNBAPTIZED are celebrating the Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens.
Similar to someone who moves from casual acquaintance to a closer friend, the unbaptized are moving from being an Inquirer about the Faith to a Catechumen, someone with a more serious intention to become Catholic. You can and should look up the word Catechumen to see what it means. But for now, notice that there are already words that you've heard like "The RE Program needs more Catechists" or "The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that..."
The ALREADY BAPTIZED are celebrating the Rite of Welcome into Full Communion with the Catholic Church.
An analogy might be those whose faith journey has delayed their arrival. Now that they are here, we wish to welcome them--after a time of re-acquaintanceship--to also share in the meal at our table.
After the celebration of this Rite, these people will be candidates for Full Communion, those preparing to complete sacraments of Christian Initiation through Confirmation and First Communion. They are already baptized, which means, they are undergoing a deepening of their faith, whether their Christian Baptism is something they remember recently or something that was very long ago. There should be a degree of comfort that God has already revealed Christ to you in a particular way in your life.
What should you do now?
Please look over the PDF and in the COMMENTS section, ask me any questions that may arise.
When the actual rite is celebrated, it may only take 5 minutes (apart from the rest of the Mass). So please don't get too lost in the OUTLINE or in the terminology.
However, do feel free to ask anything BIG or SMALL so that we can work it out together beforehand. Remember, we have only one more meeting before DEC 7th--which is probably when the majority of you will celebrate this Rite.