In his book, Becoming Catholic, sociologist David Yamane tells the story of Deacon Zeke, the coordinator of adult religious education for a parish in the Midwest. He noted that for 90 percent of the time, Deacon Zeke lectured from a diocesan-approved “comprehensive catechesis for the RCIA.” When he did ask an occasional question, Deacon Zeke did not seem to expect a response from the participants. “He fills in the dead spaces himself with more lecturing,” said Yamane. The participants, as one might expect, “are not visibly responsive: no acknowledgement of what he is saying with facial expressions, nods of the head, or audible confirmations.”
This kind of catechesis, while common, is not suitable for catechumens. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is very clear about what makes up a suitable catechesis.
In this webinar, we plan to lay out exactly what a suitable RCIA catechesis looks like.
Specifically, we will explore:
- Why a suitable catechesis is important
- What the RCIA means by “suitable”
- How to provide an entirely suitable catechesis for your catechumens
- The powerful consequences of providing the right catechesis for seekers
This webinar originally aired on September 10, 2015. The full video/audio recording includes a downloadable handout and recommended resources.
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Although TeamRCIA webinars are designed for parish use, we know that they can also be valuable for diocesan training. With your diocesan use access purchase, you will receive the link to the recording. You may use that link to show the recording (as many times as you like for as long as you like) from a single computer and location within your diocese, such as a chancery office or a parish, for each viewing.
Workshop, via online recording
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