Don’t let excuses stall your RCIA process

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  1. Hi Julie. I agree, that can be very frustrating. I’d love to hear from others how you deal with a situation like Julie’s.

  2. This year has been very challenging. We have mostly young men in the group and they are most times reluctant to share. However, Attendance is good. I have them break into small groups hoping to encourage sharing. I use RCL as a guide, anything better??
    My team has also gone thru many changes, and sponsors are always difficult to find. My pastor is somewhat involved. I try to find the time to encourage other parish leaders to visit sessions.
    thanks, enjoy and benefit from your guidance.

  3. Well I am no expert but I will share my thoughts at the moment. This is my 4th year as director of the RCIA program. We have a long history so when I started I just did what was done the year before. year 2 was much of the same but with some new faces as team and sponsors. year 3 I tried a new program and made things more my own. This year I really tried to keep things moving with more personal stories and a new program (Journey of Faith). This program seems to be working very well. Great information for take home and answers most of the usual questions in class. Personal prayer and team unity seem to be the factors that have lead to our program’s success. I personally believe that if you are satisfied with what you are doing, you are probably not doing enough. For me, each year has been very different. The class format and how we share the Gospel and the teachings of the Church need to be tailored to the class. One size does not fit all.

  4. Starting my 18th year, so many aspects of our process have changed because the clientele has changed. The focus is on forming a relationship with Jesus. The recurring theme we try to weave into every “topic”. We have many resources, thanks to TeamRCIA, but have never found a published “program” that met our unique situation. Many of our inquirers are of Asian descent, in particular Chinese. Their cultural heritage has to be respected and incorporated because that is their story. The team is mostly Anglicized. As in the teaching profession, “one size does not fit all”, a trite expression perhaps. Individualized learning, meeting each person where they are, We still have many issues, but focusing on the relationship with Jesus and understanding the process as a spiritual journey is what keeps us going. It is impossible to measure the “success” of any such endeavors. Reminding us that it is God’s work, keeps the team going.

  5. Each season is different and our RCIA team is striving to fill the needs of our seekers. We seem to have a bunch of new seekers who cannot make the Inquiry chat session time, so we are working with them individually. I feel like this is going well, but wonder if they are they are “missing out” on the bonding, fellowship, and storytelling of the group sessions. My prayers are that we are making strong disciples by meeting them for Mass and following with conversation. Thanks for your support and the training you offer. Without that our team would be floundering along offering “classes” and expecting seekers to follow a rigid schedule. So, for us, this is all new territory!

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