Also check out this week's video post on RCIA FAQs about the Scrutinies
Avoid these blunders when celebrating the presentations
In the celebration of the presentations, what is being handed on is the teaching of the church (Creed) and the method of approaching the Father in prayer (Lord’s Prayer). St. Augustine called these the treasures of the church. They are handed over heart to heart. The elect are expected to hear the tradition and memorize it. How can they do that without a written text? In the ancient church, it was up to the godparents to make sure the elect were able to learn the Creed and Lord’s Prayer by heart. You may not want to be that strict, but give the written text to the elect after the liturgy and not as part of the ritual.

10 Ways to Involve Parishioners in the RCIA Process
Are you having trouble getting your parish involved in your RCIA process? Do you sometimes feel like you and your team are working off in a corner somewhere, unnoticed by the larger community? When you celebrate RCIA rites at Sunday Mass, do you sense the assembly is disgruntled because the liturgy might go longer than normal?

If that’s true for you, you are not alone. Many RCIA teams experience similar things in their parishes. What you need to know is your experience is pretty common.

Video post: FAQs about the Scrutinies
Nick and Diana talk about some history about the Scrutinies and frequently-asked questions about this simple but often misunderstood ritual.
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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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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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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