Five powerful discernment practices for RCIA teams

9 thoughts on “Five powerful discernment practices for RCIA teams”

  1. Thanks Jeanne! That means a lot coming from you. Blessings on all the great work you are doing.

    –Nick

  2. I really appreciate this to help refine the RCIA process at my parish on a regular basis. I think TEAM RCIA has made the process so much better! Thanks!

  3. Thanks for your support Michele! And thanks, too, for your dedication and commitment. You are blessing to the church.

    –Nick

  4. My Pastoral Coordinator sends me these TEAMRCIA blurbs and many are good ideas. The feeling I get is that you have a large team to pull from. I am the RCIA Catechist, Coordinator, and I have families, and adults and I am an advocate for the marriage problems that come through. I have one lady who has been with the RCIA team longer than myself and she is moving this year. I am not a promoter for hiring but I will work hours with the people that want to learn. Discernment is the change that you see in these people as they begin to have a relationship with Jesus. Until then you can see by their body movement and the things that they may say that they are not there. Dealing with inquirers and catechumen’s is part of the RCIA process. In a very small parish you deal with what you have to work with.

  5. Hi Maureen,

    Thanks for your great comments. If you would like to receive messages from TeamRCIA directly, just click here:

    https://teamrcia.com/lots-of-ways-to-stay-connected-to-team-rcia/

    I’ve been on both small and large teams. TeamRCIA tries to provide help for teams of all sizes. Here are several posts specifically for small teams:

    https://teamrcia.com/2010/03/24/what-are-your-limits/

    https://teamrcia.com/2010/02/27/3-ways-to-delegate-when-you-have-no-rcia-team/

    https://teamrcia.com/2008/11/12/add-5000-families-to-your-rcia-team/

    https://teamrcia.com/2007/09/22/100-ways-to-involve-parishioners/

    https://teamrcia.com/2010/10/24/double-your-rcia-team-size/

    Blessings on all the important work you are doing in your parish.

    –Nick

  6. Gladys Whitehouse

    This was a great article and helped me to recognize where we slipped this past year. There were several of those “middle people” in our group this year who probably were not ready. Although we tried to put on the brakes, several were insistant that they were ready and we allowed them to proceed. Your five principles will be a very helpful resource for us to use as we proceed with new candidates and catechumens. Thanks so much for your ministry!

  7. Hi Gladys. I’m glad it was helpful. I’ve slipped up in all these ways, and I still do sometimes. We just have to try to be a little be better each day. You’re doing a great job. Thanks for your dedication.

    –Nick

  8. John Spotorno

    We look for a growing commitment to the parish, mass attendence, ministries, St. Vincent de Paul etc. as a sign that a candidate is growing in the path of Christ. While our discussions, stories are important walking the walk, well….

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