Episode 48: RCIA records you must keep

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Discover the three RCIA record books every parish must have.

Also, Nick and Diana answer a listener question about giving a cross vs. a crucifix in the Rite of Acceptance.

Listen to these additional podcasts:

  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

Catechizing Baptized Candidates in the RCIA (webinar)

Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Time: 2:00p to 3:00p Eastern / 11:00a to 12:00p Pacific

In our RCIA processes, baptized candidates pose some of the most interesting—and difficult!—challenges.

Most of the questions RCIA teams have are usually about baptized candidates and how to handle them. There is a temptation to handle all the candidates in the same way for simplicity sake. But we are going to show you how you can both resist temptation and still not get overwhelmed.

In this webinar, Nick Wagner and Diana Macalintal will discuss:

  • Why is it important to have a catechesis designed for the various kinds of baptized candidates?
  • What is catechesis for baptized candidates?
  • How do we catechize baptized candidates in a way that both respects their baptism and assures that they know the faith?
  • What would happen if we paid more attention to a catechesis specifically for baptized candidates?

You won’t want to miss this important webinar. And neither will your friends. Be sure to let them know.

Invite your entire RCIA team to be part of this informative webinar. Even if they can’t participate in the live event, register them and we’ll send them a recording.

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  1. Regarding the podcast on record keeping, I’m now officially confused, in particular with regard to the Book of the Elect. If the catechumens sign the Book of the Elect at the Cathedral, should they be signing a Book of the Elect at the parish during the Rite of Sending? Isn’t there only ONE Book of the Elect.

    Also, we record the names of those who are enter into Full Communion in our Baptismal records with all the pertinent info of their baptism. We do not keep a separate book. It seems a little redundant. When our pastor was the Judicial Vicar, he never seemed to be concerned about this.

    We’ve never had a record for Catechumens, but we will now. Thanks for the podcast. Excellent as always,

  2. Hi Linda. Thanks for your comment. In the RCIA, the elect sign the book at the Rite of Election. The parish Rite of Sending is an optional rite that includes an option for signing the Book of the Elect at the parish rite and then later presenting the signed book at the Rite of Election. If you choose the latter option, the Elect would not sign the book at the cathedral.

    If you do the signings in the parish, then there is only one book per parish. However, some dioceses do the signings at the cathedral (not at the parishes) and in some of those dioceses, there is only one book for the entire diocese.

    Regarding entering the names of those received into the full communion of the Catholic Church, it is fine to enter them into the baptismal register.


  3. Just listened to your podcast on the Three RCIA Record Books a parish must have. I can understand keeping track of those who go through the Rite of Acceptance. And I understand the purpose of the Book of the Elect but I am wondering why you would need another book for Candidates for Full Communion when their sacramental information can be added to the parish’s sacramental record books. Of course, designating them as RCIA people in each book.

    Can you clarify the need for another record book for Candidates? Don’t you put their non-catholic baptism, Confirmation and First Communion in those books.

  4. Hi Paula,

    The RCIA says that the register for those received into full communion is to be “a special book” (RCIA 486). Presumably that is a book that is distinct from the other registers of the parish. However, as long as the information is recorded and easily recoverable, it seems entering the information into the baptismal register would satisfy the intent of law.

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