NZBC, Decree Determining Norms for the Catechumenate, October 1994.


1. (i) Those requesting admittance to the Catechumenate must do so freely. They must lead a life in harmony with the Gospel and the Church, and, if married, they must be in a marital state recognised by the Catholic Church.

(ii) Those adults desiring to become members of the Church are normally to be instructed in a catechumenate programme in their parish.

(iii) The content of the instruction is to be in accord with the 1992 Catechism of the Catholic Church, so that catechumens are introduced into the beliefs, liturgy, life of faith and the apostolic work of the Church.

(iv) It is the responsibility of the parish priest to ensure that the duration of the programme and the contents of the instruction are adequate for each individual.

(v) Catechists and sponsors must have an adequate knowledge of the Catholic faith and lead a life in accordance with Church teaching.

2. Catechumens may:

(i) apply for tagged positions in Catholic Integrated Schools;

(ii) be granted preferential enrolment for their children at Catholic Integrated Schools;

(iii) celebrate the Catholic form of marriage and receive blessings and ecclesiastical burial.

3. Children of a catechetical age, with the consent of their parents, are to be instructed in a programme adapted to their needs.

4. The liturgical norms of the Rite of Initiation of Adults or of Children are to be followed.




NZBC, October 1994, Gen. Decr., Code of Canon Law Annotated (Montréal: Wilson & Lafleur Limitée, 2004): 1715-1716.