Six examples of catechesis that happen after RCIA is over

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  1. Walter Schulte

    I think that this is an excellent reminder of the RCIA program. In particular, Liturgical Catechesis is one that will happen after the Initiation and that is because one’s appreciation of the liturgy comes as he or she experiences this aspect of our faith our often. It is hard to fully explain the mass without allowing the RCIA people to experience, and that is why I had my RCIA candidates and elect experience a mass and then I explained it to them. Does that mean that they do not need more catechesis? No, it means that they will have questions and post-Initiation need post-Baptismal catechesis.

  2. Because our people love the camaraderie, etc. from our process, they think they want to become part of the team so they can continue coming and learning. We have developed what we are calling an “RCIA Academy” that meets once a month and is for those who have already gone through the process but want more. However, there is not much interest in this format even though we sent personal invitations to all past RCIA participants, so we keep wondering if we need to do something different to keep people coming. Would love to hear more on this.

  3. I am in the same boat as Bernadette…our candidate this year is very enthusiastic and wants to continue coming to our sessions to keep learning, etc. We’ll of course have mystagogia, but beyond that I am not sure what a good next step would look like. Any insights?

  4. The first twelve months post-initiation, neophytes and their sponsors are invited to monthly pitch-ins with an activity of their choosing. Sometimes the groups choose to do some service work and attend Mass together before sharing a meal. Other times, they discuss an article or book they’ve all decided to read to explore their faith. Still other times, they pick a movie to watch.

    Every month, they are encouraged to offer prayers for those undertaking the RCIA journey. They also prepare notes of support, drop off hospitality to the catechumentate, and provide the post-Vigil reception. I hope some of these ideas are helpful for other readers. Blessings to all!

  5. I should have noted that many continue to meet with the “RCIA Alum” group beyond the first year post-initiation. Also, some will quickly invite others to consider the RCIA. Our current group already loves to share prayer requests and Scripture passages with one another, so it will be neat to see what takes off once they begin to offer these gifts to other “RCIA Alums.”

    All I do is invite. The Holy Spirit brings the people together to enjoy our love for the Lord and one another each month.

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