How to lead a 30-minute dismissal session

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  1. This is an interesting approach to “Breaking Open the Word”. I find that being so new to the faith (scripture, doctrine, etc.) it is very difficult for the candidates to bring this out in their sharing about what they “heard” or “saw”. We find it more helpful to use a guide such as “Breaking Open the Word of God” from Paulist Press.

  2. As a Team member of our church RCIA, i found your website on this subject very helpful . I was shocked at how many subjects your website had on the many forms of the RCIA. Thank You so much for sharing your wisdom and and your help on “Breaking Open The Word” for our sunday sessions.


  3. with RCIC group on dismissal we found it helpful to ask questions of what colors was the priest wearing and why? What season are we in. What was the first, second and third reading. Usually 1-2 kids are quite good and will recite what they heard. The biggest thing with kids is to keep it pretty simple they will ask you the tough questions.

  4. Any ideas on actually getting them to understand the importance of attending Post Homily Scripture Sharing (or Breaking Open the Word)? Year-after-year we have an attendance issue. Thank you.

    1. Hi Debbie. Have you asked the catechumens why they are not participating? Perhaps they don’t find the sessions compelling or interesting. If that’s the case, you can work on improving them.

      If they have no genuine reason for not participating in the sharing after dismissal, I would see that as an indication they are not yet ready to move forward in the process. I would continue to invite them to participate, but if they are unwilling or unable at this time, I would suggest they remain in the catechumenate (that is, not participate in the Rite of Election or the Rite of Initiation) until they have developed a sufficient formation to take on the responsibilities of living a Christian lifestyle.

  5. We currently have 16 catechumenate, and a 30minute dismissal session. How do you think is the best way to manage the time constraint without sacrificing content? Is it a practice to ask them to read the Readings1 & 2 and the Gospel before asking them questions about the readings?
    Thank you.

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