Happy Easter! I was at a Saturday Night Vigil last night and saw something that was confusing. First of all we welcomed a dozen people who were baptized by immersion. We have an amazing font and it was great to see so many come into the Church.
I didn’t see any who were already baptized received so I asked why at the reception. The Deacon’s wife said that they “don’t do it that way”. I guess if you’ve already been baptized you don’t go through RCIA. You work with someone until you receive, first reconciliation, Confirmation, and first Communion “when you’re ready”. You aren’t part of the Vigil. I think they need RCIA.
I was baptized as a baby in the Lutheran Church. I converted in 2000. There were a dozen of us who all studied together some baptized, some not. Those who were baptized went through first Confession and those who were being baptized at the Vigil were instructed on Confession for later. We all met the Bishop two weeks before the Vigil and he gives the OK for everyone to be Confirmed at the Vigil Mass. At the vigil Mass we were all there together. They baptized first, then we all were called up and we were confirmed, then we all received first Eucharist together at that time in the Mass. It seems so sad that there are people who came into the church through some “back door” and they aren’t even recognized at all at the Vigil. I mean who would want your Confirmation and First Eucharist to not even be recognized? I think people NEED RCIA.
Is this the “new” norm? I don’t like it. Then the priest had them all gather around the altar, I hate that because I can’t see Jesus. He has the kids do that every week. I felt so sad that we didn’t get to meet those who came in simply because they were already baptized. It’s like they get punished in a way. It was like the converts were 2nd class. I felt sad for them given the welcome we were given at another parish. All other parishes include everyone at various times. Heck we even had two couples have a brief matrimony ceremony at the Vigil. I just felt sad that they were left out.
I don’t really mean this but it would almost make someone want to lie and say they were never baptized so they could be at the Vigil for their first sacraments. Very strange.
Anyone else have this same situation? I just feel sad that the whole group didn’t come in together.