What can we do to promote understanding in the RCIA?
Is your RCIA open all year-round? The Pyramid of Acceptance/Belief
One of the common misconceptions of our role as catechists is that we are "teachers" of the faith. That it is our job to give seekers (often mistakenly referred to as "students") knowledge about our faith’s doctrine and traditions. But this view, especially for the RCIA catechist, is, if I may say, a little too parochial. And to their credit, most catechists understand that their role is much more than that of being a teacher, but one who also shares their faith experience, on multiple levels, while also living out that faith within the community. So, knowing that we are called to do more than merely teach the Catholic faith, we also need to reconsider how we present our experience of faith, especially to our adult learners.

Your first small step toward a year-round RCIA process
If you want to move to a year-round catechumenate but you think it will be too much work or you don’t know where to start, start with baby steps. You don’t have to do everything all at once. For example, I was at Mass at a parish outside my diocese on a July Sunday. At the end of Mass, during the announcements, the presider said something like this:

If you or someone you know is curious about becoming Catholic, I’d like to invite you to come explore your questions. We are currently forming an inquiry group to discuss and answer any questions you might have about what Catholics are all about. It’s a very informal group, and there is no obligation. If you’d like to join us, I’ll be in the back after Mass, and I can tell you more about it.

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