Is your RCIA open all year-round? Throw out your syllabus
After team formation, the next step to moving to a year round process is simple: Throw out your syllabus.

Hear me out on this one… Have you noticed there’s not much out there when it comes to an "off the shelf" program for the RCIA? There’s a reason for that… but more on that in a moment. This lack of a defined program has left most of us to develop our own programs (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing). Many RCIA teams and leaders (myself included) would gather together and lovingly craft a "course of study" that they feel every good Catholic should know… and crafted it so that all the "important" topics can be covered over the course of the school year (typically 7 or 8 months).

The reality, however, is that regardless of whatever we’ve crafted in the past (with all the best of intentions) just is not and will never be sufficient. What I’ve explained to inquirers over the years also applies here to RCIA leaders and catechists: The RCIA is not a series of "classes" you take in order to "graduate" as a Catholic. Rather, it is a process of conversion to the Christian life.
Holy Week meditations—not just for RCIA teams
In the final days leading up to Easter, don't get so bogged down with the to-do list that you are taken away from the beauty of this week. Here are some wonderful meditations for Holy Week from Rita Ferrone:

    Gifts for you for Lent
    Yes, Lent is a penitential season, but it’s also a season filled with gifts and blessings. So here are two gifts just for your RCIA team!

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    Your Parish Is the Curriculum: RCIA in the Midst of the Community

    by Diana Macalintal

    We all agree that the community needs to be involved in the RCIA. So we make bulletin and Mass announcements explaining the rites and the RCIA process, hoping the parishioners will "get" their responsibility to initiate these seekers. Then, although catechumens, candidates, sponsors, and team members form a tight-knit community, parishioners still wonder who these people are with their rituals that make the Mass long, and most of the newly initiated still disappear from the parish after Easter.

    Taking to heart what the United States bishops said in their document on adult faith formation—"While the parish may have an adult faith formation program, it is no less true that the parish is an adult faith formation program"—Diana Macalintal argues that we have to stop trying to get the parish involved in the RCIA and start getting the catechumens and candidates involved in the parish.

    In this book, readers will discover:

    • why doing the RCIA in the midst of the community not only forms seekers into disciples but renews the conversion of the entire parish
    • what parishioners can do to take responsibility for the initiation of adults, without adding another meeting to their lives
    • how to use the four key areas of parish life and the liturgical year to introduce seekers to Christ and train them in the Christian way of life
    • the three levels of catechesis and how to use mystagogical reflection on parish life to provide a systematic and complete catechesis appropriate for each level.

    When you make your parish the RCIA curriculum, you will be shaping not just a group of people but an entire community into lifelong disciples.

    "In Your Parish is the Curriculum: RCIA In the Midst of the Community Diana Macalintal offers a practical and engaging vision for parishes as communities of discipleship that accompany people at all stages of their faith journey through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. In an accessible and down-to-earth manner she outlines principles, suggestions and ideas to help parishes-both those who are new to the RCIA process and those who are veterans-to facilitate and foster conversion."

    —Julianne Stanz, Director of New Evangelization, Diocese of Green Bay

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    A complete catechesis for Christian life
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