Shopping is a drag. It’s hard work to make the list, go to the store, load and unload the groceries and then – and only then – to begin to prepare the meal. For those in RCIA Ministry, the “meal” (as in the Ministry of bringing people to Jesus and the Sacraments) is worth the effort. But, surely, help with the preparation would be welcome!
On this page of the Diocesan Website, RCIA Directors and Team Members will find helpful “ingredients” to make the banquet truly amazing and to lighten the load a bit. Bon Appetit!
Much can be said about the period of catechumenate, which is found in its entirely in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults as well as many other books and writings. However, here are some key highlights which should be honored in any RCIA process:
RCIA #75 – The period of catechumenate is an extended period during which the catechumens are given suitable pastoral formation and guidance, aimed at training them in the Christian life. In this way, the dispositions manifested at their acceptance into the catechumenate are brought to maturity. This is achieved in 4 ways by those working with catechumens during this most important period:
RCIA #76 – The duration of the catechumenate will depend on the grace of God and on various circumstances. Nothing, therefore, can be settled a priori. The time spent in the catechumenate should be long enough – several years if necessary – for the conversion and faith of the catechumen to become strong. The National Statutes go as far as to say:
NS #6 – The period of catechumenate, beginning at acceptance into the order of catechumens and including both the catechumante proper and period of purification and enlightenment after election or enrollment of names, should extend for at least one year of formation, instruction, and probation. Ordinarily this period should go from at least the Easter season of one year until the next; preferably it should begin before Lent in one year and extend until Easter of the following year.
…but they don’t necessarily know that! The Light of Christ that they hold is meant to be shared with others. As part of your outreach and educational efforts for the parish at large, consider using bulletin inserts/announcements each week. As the Rite unfolds, the prayers of the Assembly should surround the
catechumens/candidates and the Elect during Lent.
If you’re looking for prayers of the faithful (and dismissal prayers) you may want to get Sunday Dismissals for the RCIA by Mary K. Milne.