Period of the Catechumenate
This is the longest of the stages and can be the most flexible in approach, timeframe and structure. It is a period of faith formation and apprenticeship in the Christian way of life. A suitable catechesis is provided that is gradual and comprehensive. It also includes prayer and liturgy, works of compassion and justice. It nurtures a life completely in accord with the Spirit of Christ.
The Rite of Election, celebrated on the first Sunday of Lent, leads the Catechumen into the next stage, the Period of Purification and Enlightenment