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A few things you probably didn’t know about the scrutinies
In the early church, the bishop would publicly inquire of the godparents if their elect had been living a Christian life. That doesn’t happen in the current rite. Instead, the elect are "scrutinized" by hearing the proclamation of God’s word.

In the gospels, we read stories of Jesus addressing demons and casting them out of possessed people. We have also read novels and seen movies in which the main character is an "exorcist" who confronts fantastical demons who possess the bodies of innocent people (usually young girls). None of this happens in the ritual scrutinies. The prayer of exorcism never mentions the word "exorcism." It is not a prayer that is intended to cast out demons. Instead of addressing demons, the presider address God. The exorcism prayers ask God to strengthen the elect and protect them from all temptation and deceit.

How to celebrate the Presentation of the Creed and Lord’s Prayer
St. Augustine saw it as his duty to pass on four essential "sacraments" to the elect. These were the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, the font, and the table. He would teach them about the table after their initiation; he would explore the meaning of the font with them on Holy Saturday, before the Vigil.

And the Creed and the Lord’s Prayer would be handed over in Lent. Augustine’s motivation was the same as ours as expressed in RCIA 147. If you have your rite handy, open it to that paragraph and read what it says. The church lovingly entrusts these ancient texts to the elect because they "have always been regarded as expressing the heart of the Church’s faith and prayer."

Video post: Some RCIA FAQs about Lent
Right before Lent we get a flurry of questions - so we thought we'd answer them live on camera! Click below to watch our recent Facebook Live feed about many of the RCIA questions we get as we enter into the season of Lent.
Free Handout: History of the RCIA Scrutinies
This totally free handout includes a brief history of the scrutinies and the three things your RCIA team needs to know. Use this handout for team training or as a bulletin insert. Click below to download it today!
Click below for info about upcoming TeamRCIA training institutes and live events!

Los Angeles Religious Education Congress: Mar 21-24, 2019

Diocese of Bridgeport (bilingual): May 31 - June 1, 2019

Diocese of Manchester: June 7-8, 2019

Diocese of Raleigh (bilingual): June 28-29, 2019

Atlanta Catechists Conference (bilingual): August 16-17, 2019


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Our first exposure to a "different way" for our RCIA process at Blessed Sacrament Church in Tonawanda, NY (a suburb of Buffalo) came from a workshop in our area given by Nick and Diana - it was there the seeds were planted. It was because of our attendance at this workshop and the followups that were offered that we were able to take advantage of the many emails and training sessions offered on line; these opportunities allowed us to move along at our own pace of acceptance of the new way of thinking and of the adjustment from a "program" to a "process."

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Marguerite Mullins
Blessed Sacrament Parish, Tonawanda (Buffalo) NY
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Your Parish Is the Curriculum: RCIA in the Midst of the Community

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
    Free sample of Faith, Life & Creed
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