Also check out this week's video post on the Presentations of the Creed and the Lord's Prayer
Is your RCIA open all year-round? Maintaining Focus
The other day I took my car into the dealer’s service shop for some regular maintenance and they provided me with a loaner car for the day. This loaner was their top-of-the-line mid-sized sedan with all the new technology. The rearview mirror had a digital compass built into the corner, and the sideview mirrors had those lane-changing warning lights that are becoming very common on most new cars.

My own car doesn’t have any of this technology, so I thought it would be cool to try it out. What I learned that day, however, is that while this tech all seemed very nice, it could also be a distraction.

Six examples of catechesis that happen after RCIA is over
In a previous series of blog posts, we explored running as a metaphor for living the Christian life. The General Directory for Catechesis identifies the three levels of training that are necessary to "run" as a Christian as:

In this post, we’re going to take a quick look at the final level of training, lifelong catechesis.

Video post: Presentations of the Lord's Prayer
and the Creed

Nick and Diana talk about some things to avoid and some best practices
for these simple but powerful RCIA rites

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!
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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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