The first principle of the RCIA is that initiation is a gradual process. Yet, often our processes seem more like a race to the finish line rather than a steady and continuing conversion journey. How can we change that?
This webinar originally aired on January 8, 2015. The full video/audio recording includes a downloadable handout and recommended resources.
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Leticia, a life-long Catholic, and her fiancé Carlos, who is unbaptized, are planning a June wedding. Leticia’s grandmother insisted that Carlos had to become Catholic for the wedding, and so he entered the catechumenate in November. It is now January, and you have to decide if he is ready to celebrate the Rite of Election. In your heart of hearts, you know he is not. But the wedding plans have already been made. What choice do you have?
The first principle of the RCIA is that initiation is a gradual process. In our next TeamRCIA webinar, we are going to examine this first principle in depth. Specifically, we will discuss:
- Why is a gradual initiation process important?
- What is a gradual initiation process?
- How do we create a gradual initiation process?
- What would happen to our catechumens and candidates if we offered them a process that was truly gradual?
This is the first in a series of webinars in which we will discuss the six core principles of the RCIA. The six principles can be applied to any faith formation process, not just the catechumenate. So be sure to invite all the parish catechists, the marriage and baptismal prep teams, and anyone who guides others on their faith journey. We’ll see you there!
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