Is it really possible to involve the whole parish in RCIA?

4 thoughts on “Is it really possible to involve the whole parish in RCIA?”

  1. Sandy Gallegos

    This would be so helpful because we have tried more than once to invite ministry leaders to mingle/talk with our inquirers, neophytes, etc., with very little success. We did hit a bonanza last Easter when three of our neophytes/newly received and two of their wives began a brand new ministry of their own, which they call “Between Heaven and Earth,” a Sunday scripture study based on their experience of the dismissal process, but in a more “educational” mode. It’s been a great success – weekly meetings run entirely by them, with an average of 18 people a week. They even have a Facebook page. But that was a pure gift from above – nothing special we did as a team. We often talk about wanting the parish to be more involved. Tell me more!

  2. Oh, this sounds great! It seems to mesh perfectly with Jerry Gallipeau’s “Apprenticeship” model for the Catechumenate. Most of us learn by “doing”, only natural to carry this out in our RCIA process of initiation by “immersion” so to speak. I want more! This is getting me to brainstorm “experiences” for our new Inquirers.

  3. I love what you are saying, but I often hit resistance in my parish when I talk about non-classroom models of catechesis. I would love an intergenerational approach. But reality is that the classroom model bring in more money when it comes to youth. And because of that, there seems to be more emphasis on faith formation for youth than adults. The other reality is that folks aren’t around over the summer, so a year-round model is tricky. I would love to learn more how to practically make more disciples in this climate of lack of funds and shrinking parishes.

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