When a person decides to embark upon a journey leading to initiation into the full sacramental life of the community, they begin a period of inquiry known as the Catechumenate and they are known as Catechumens. The process can take anywhere from six months to a year and is typified by the periodic sharing of the Word of God and deepening sense of spirituality and Christ. A more formal period of inquiry begins typically during Lent and culminates in Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist at the Easter Vigil. This period is often referred to as the Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults or RCIA. A sponsor helps the catechumen prepare for Initiation sacraments.