It seems odd to me that in many posts about RCIA, committed Christians are being asked to follow a full program as if they were catechumens (not baptized.) It seems to me that the type of candidates (baptized seeking intitiation into the Catholic Church) who are posting on this forum are often dedicated Christians who are already actively studying the Catholic faith on their own. For these type of people, a full RCIA program is not necessary nor required:
According to the National Statutes for the Catechumenate #31:
“Those baptized persons who have lived as Christians and need only instruction in the Catholic tradition and a degree of probation within the Catholic community should not be asked to undergo a full program parallel to the catechumenate.”
In our RCIA we have some baptized & active Christians who want to spend a lot of time with us learning since we have a solid catechesis on Thursday nights, but we have others who have been studying on their own who will be with us only for this time of assessment, probation, and purification before they are confirmed and receive the Holy Eucharist. (of course, one way we determine if they are ready is if they are willing to submit their readiness to our prayerful consideration)
THE RCIA IS A PROCESS, NOT A PROGRAM! It is a beautiful, individual work of the Holy Spirit that lasts a few months for some and many years for others.