TeamRCIA Catechist School

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RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) image posted by TeamRCIAEvelyn walked into her house and slumped down on the couch. Tony thought maybe he’d forgotten to put gas in the car again, and she was upset with him. “Honey,” he asked, “is everything okay?”

“It’s the neophytes,” said Evelyn. “Only two of them came to the session this morning, and neither of them could tell me the sacramental plan of salvation. We spent weeks on it back in September and reviewed it again in Lent!”

Tony tried to recall if the sacramental plan was different than the seven sacraments. “Well, maybe it’s not important to them,” he suggested.

“How could salvation not be important? It has to be important.”

Do you ever have these questions?

Evelyn is stuck in the same place a lot of catechists are stuck. She keeps asking herself these questions:

  • What are the central teachings of the church that seekers must learn?
  • How do we make the central teachings of the church important to the seekers who need to know them?
  • And how do we teach everything we have to teach in the limited time we have?

What if there was a place where you could get solid answers to these questions? We’re going to give you exactly that and more.

What you are going to learn

The TeamRCIA Catechist School is going to teach you everything you need to know to be an effective catechist. After spending two days with us, you will discover:

  • The number-one goal of every parish catechist
  • The six principles that shape the entire faith journey
  • How to make sure the seekers are committed to learning
  • The power of good storytelling to communicate word and dogma
  • Effective adult learning models that work
  • How to navigate the three levels of catechesis we encounter in any RCIA group
  • The four areas of Catholic life that every formation process must teach

The TeamRCIA Catechist School is unlike any other training you have ever had. You will walk away with a new confidence and a renewed passion for handing on the faith. We promise that you will never see your ministry in the same way.

You are going to be in good hands. The TeamRCIA Catechist School has been designed by and will be led by two national experts in catechetical ministry: Mary Birmingham and Nick Wagner. They each have over two decades of experience training parish catechists.

For Spanish-speaking catechists, our presenter will be Isabel Fernandez, PhD. Isabel is an engaging presenter with years of experience in catechetical ministry.

The TeamRCIA Catechist School will take place in the Diocese of Columbus on June 26-27, 2015.

It will be held at:
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Parish
3730 Broadway
Grove City, OH 43123

The TeamRCIA Catechist School is cohosted by the Office of Divine Worship and the Office of Religious Education and Catechesis of the Diocese of Columbus.

We will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and we will end at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. It is going to be an intense two days!

Day One
8:30 Opening Prayer
8:40 Opening comments and introduction: Outline the Principles of the Catechist School
8:50 Overview of Six Principles of Initiatory Formation (RCIA) and the Art of Catechesis is Rooted in Conversion and Evangelization
10:00 Break
10:15 How the Baptismal Catechumenate inspires all Catechetical Ministry and How to Practically apply the Principles.
11:05 Creating a Conversion Centered Liturgical Experience: Group Exercise
11:35 What makes an effective catechist?
12:15 Lunch
1:00 Evangelizing as Jesus Did
1:35 Exercises
2:10 Art of Storytelling

3:20 Break
3:40 Critical Reflection/Workshop —Using the Principles
4:40 Crafting a Bible Story
5:10 Doctrinal Workshop

6:00 Dinner
7:00 Period of Evangelization
8:00 Critical Reflection
8:45 Closing Prayer

Day Two
8:30 Morning Prayer
8:40 Announcements
8:45 Celebration of Rite of Anointing Catechumens and How to Catechize and Express a Liturgical Theology of the Rites
9:25 Critical reflection
10:05 Overview of Period of Catechumenate
10:35 Break
10:50 Breaking open the word
11:30 Q and A
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Presenting doctrinal session flowing from liturgical year
2:00 Break
2:10 Q and A
2:30 Unpacking the Rituals of the RCIA: Mystagogical Reflection
3:00 Paprocki’s Nine Steps of Evangelizing Catechesis Based on the Commercial Market
4:00 Summary of learning
4:45 Closing prayer and farewell

The full registration fee is $298.00 per person. However, for a limited time, you can sign up for only $224.99 per person.

There are only 70 15 seats available, so be sure to register today.

No, food and lodging are separate costs.

Food cost is $40 and includes the following:

  • 2 continental breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 1 dinner
  • Light snacks throughout

Please bring payment for meals to the event. If you are paying by check, make the payment for meals out to: Diocese of Columbus.

Commuters are responsible for arranging their own lodging.

Click this link for a map of nearby hotels.

The Columbus diocesan office recommends:
Drury Inn & Suites
4109 Parkway Centre Dr
Grove City, OH 43123

If enough Spanish-speakers register, we will also offer the TeamRCIA Catechist School in Spanish. There are only 40 spots available in the Spanish school, however, so don’t delay.
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