RCIA in clustered parishes

2 thoughts on “RCIA in clustered parishes”

  1. We didn’t have a lot of catechumens in the diocese when I was there, but we did have a lot of snow. The weather alone would make it difficult to try to combine the catechetical process for catechumens from different parishes. If I were in charge of the RCIA in a rural parish with few catechumens, I think I’d try to get creative with the catechesis. Nothing in the RCIA says catechumens have to come to weekly classes. It says they have to have a beginner’s level understanding of word, worship, community, and service (para. 75). Rural parishes tend to be pretty good at all those things. Maybe I’d deputize the whole parish (which might be under 100 people) to be the “team” and tell them it is their job to be sure the catechumen learned those four elements well enough to be Catholic. And then maybe we could gather monthly or seasonally with the catechumens from other parishes for more formal day-long sessions of mystagogical catechesis. Another thing we didn’t have back then was Internet access. Today, rural parishes could use technology to combine resources.

  2. Hey Nick,
    got your comment on my long ago post – rarely have time to check comments. You’re right bout Easter Vigil, and I, as a Catholic, consider them one and the same – that is Easter. But the pope did do it on Easter Sunday, I think, not during the vigil, so that may have been a wee bit of a political statement on his part. thanks for the catch.

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