TeamRCIA Catechist School — Diocese of Saskatoon

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Date: February 5-6, 2016

Register by January 8, 2016, to get the early bird discount!

(days before Early Bird discount closes)

Don’t delay! Last year’s Catechist School sold out.

The full registration fee is $478.00 USD per person.

However, if you register by January 8, 2016, you will pay just $179.00 USD per person.

Online streaming option
Can’t make it to Saskatoon? You can view the TeamRCIA Catechist School online for $149.99 per person.

Yes. Meals include:

  • 2 lunches
  • 1 supper
Commuters are responsible for arranging their own lodging.

Click here for a Google map of nearby hotels.

Cathedral of the Holy Family
123 Nelson Road
Saskatoon, SK S7S 1H1

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.

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 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
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 Workshop—using the principles
2:10 Art of story telling
3:20 Break
3:40 Workshop—using the principles
4:40 Crafting a Bible story
5:10 Period of evangelization
6:30 Closing prayer

Day two
8:30 Announcements
8:40 Overview of period of catechumenate
9:00 Celebration of Rite of Anointing of the Catechumens
9:45 Mystagogical reflection on the rite of anointing
10:15 Break
10:30 How to catechize and express a liturgical theology of the rites
11:00 Breaking open the word
11:45 Analysis of breaking open the word
12:15 Lunch
1:00 Presenting doctrinal session flowing from liturgical year
2:00 Break
2:15 Analysis of doctrinal session
2:30 Questions and answers
3:30 Summary of learning
4:15 Nine steps of evangelizing catechesis based on the commercial market
4:45 Closing prayer and farewell
5:00 End

For questions, e-mail Nick Wagner at Or call 408-728-8843.