Within the RCIA period of “purification & enlightenment”, which mirrors and runs concurrently with Lent, are the “scrutinies”, celebrated during a Mass on the third, fourth and fifth Sundays of Lent for the unbaptized. These are rites for self-examination and repentance, meant both to uncover and heal all that is weak, defective or sinful and also to bring out and strengthen all that is upright, strong and good in the heart of the elect.
To this first end, the scrutinies aid in the instruction and the protection of the elect against sin and temptation. To the second end, the scrutinies help the elect be filled with the Spirit of Christ who is the living water (theme of 1st scrutiny), the light of the world (theme of 2nd scrutiny) and the resurrection and the life (theme of 3rd scrutiny).
The first scrutiny will be celebrated at the 8:30am, Sunday Mass on March 24th. Please note that on the weekends when scrutinies are celebrated, all Sunday liturgies will use Cycle A Readings. These readings will differ from the readings printed in the missalettes. Thus, even if one does not attend the Sunday liturgy during which the scrutiny is celebrated, all will be aware of and benefit from the message and intercessions of the scrutiny.
While the scrutinies are celebrated for our elect, Ashley, Casey and Trey, our candidates are also in preparation during this period of purification and enlightenment for their first celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Friday, March 29th. We ask for your continued prayers for our elect, Ashley, Casey and Trey and our candidates, Janice and Christopher, that the Holy Spirit may bless, guide and strengthen them as they journey towards initiation and reception into full communion with the Church.
<<< † >>>
Call us if you have questions: Deacon Don Craighead, Director, 615-870-0488; Bill Chalfin, 615-948-0529;
Al Fleck, 615-868-5650; Debra Head, 615-851-1908; Don Steinhilber, 615-265-8375
<<< † >>>
† The RCIA—not just a ministry but the ministry of the Church! †