Date: February 12, 2015. The RCIA says the initiation of adults is the responsibility of everyone in the parish. That might seem like a daunting mandate, but it might not be as hard to accomplish as it looks. You won’t want to miss this important discussion about involving the entire community in the initiation process.
Do you feel like the RCIA happens over in a small corner of the parish, and no one really knows what is happening there? Do you have trouble finding team members, sponsors, and volunteers? Do your neophytes eventually drift away from the community because they don’t know anyone outside the RCIA group?
The RCIA says the initiation of adults is the responsibility of everyone in the parish. That might seem like a daunting mandate, but it might not be as hard to accomplish as it looks. We’ve asked Dr. Jerry Galipeau, an expert in involving the whole parish in the RCIA process, to help us discuss these questions:
- Why is it important to involve the whole parish in the initiation process?
- What does involvement of the parish look like?
- How can we involve the parish more deeply in the RCIA process?
- What difference will it make if we involve the whole parish in the RCIA?
This webinar originally aired on February 12, 2015. The full video/audio recording includes a downloadable handout and recommended resources.
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Jerry Galipeau, DMin, is Vice President and Chief Publishing Officer for the J.S. Paluch Company and its music and liturgy division, World Library Publications. He has presented keynotes and workshops throughout the United States and Canada on the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, liturgical spirituality, ritual music, evangelization, and adult spiritual formation. Past chair of the Board of Directors of the North American Forum on the Catechumenate, Jerry was a frequent team member for Forum’s institutes.
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