Episode 6: Readings for the RCIA scrutinies

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Do we always have to use the Year A readings for the RCIA scrutinies? Diana Macalintal and Nick Wagner uncover an answer from the seventh century.

  1. Episode 121: Why the church returned to the norm of adult baptism
  2. Episode 120: Four key markers that identify us as true Christians
  3. Episode 119: The ancient truth about the church that Vatican II revealed
  4. Episode 118: How God speaks to us today
  5. Episode 117: Three words in the Creed that caused the great schism between East and West

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Webinar: Practical, essential do’s and don’ts for the RCIA scrutinies

The three scrutinies that we celebrate with the elect can be powerful moments of conversion for the entire parish. Or they can be deadly dull exercises in pious patience. Come find out how to make your celebrations compelling and effective. Here’s what we’ll be discussing:

  • Why the scrutinies are some of the most important rites in the RCIA
  • What the scrutinies celebrate
  • Essential do’s and don’ts for powerful celebrations
  • What could happen to our parishes if we did the scrutinies well

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  1. Thanks so much for this informative podcast! We’ve been using the A readings for quite a while, but I must admit that Diana’s explanation on the progressive nature of the readings was extremely helpful. It made so much sense to me. Thank you! I do have one somewhat unrelated question. If there are uncatechized baptized candidates in the catechumenate, is it permissible to celebrate the optional Penitential rite with them on the second Sunday of Lent, or is that rite to be used only when there are no elect in the parish?

  2. Hi Peggy. Thanks so much for your comments. I’m so glad the podcast was helpful.

    Regarding the uncatechized baptized candidates, you may use the optional penitential rite with them even if you have elect. Some teams have done so, and they tell me it is very helpful for the candidates. That hasn’t been my direct experience though. I find it much more beneficial to take the baptized candidates to the parish reconciliation service during Lent. That way, they are catechized about the normative way of celebrating reconciliation in the parish. And also, the lenten Sundays are then more directly focused on the elect, which I think is important.

    Thanks for all your hard work and commitment to initiation ministry.


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