What should RCIA teams ask of parishioners?

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2 thoughts on “What should RCIA teams ask of parishioners?”

  1. Here are three ways that our RCIA team tries to involve the parish in Christian Initiation. First, in addition to the ministry of sponsors, we invite parishioners to offer their friendship to a catechumen or candidate by becoming an “adopting” parishioner. We host a “Meet and Greet” brunch and pair each “adopting” parishioner with a catechumen or candidate and encourage them to continue to be in regular contact with their catechumen or candidate by phone, email, meet for coffee, lunch or dinner. We follow up with two larger dinner gatherings of “adopting” parishioners and their catechumens or candidates in the Fall and before Lent. Second: we have established a “Friends of RCIA” hospitality ministry of parishioners who are connected through a “Sign-Up Genius” data base. These parishioners offer hospitality and refreshments at their convenience for RCIA sessions and special retreats or other events. Third: During Lent, we pass out prayer partners cards with the name and contact information of each catechumen or candidate and ask parishioners to commit to pray for their catechumen or candidate, have a Mass said for their intention, write them notes of support and encouragement, come to be with them for their liturgical rites, etc.

  2. I am a member of the RCIA team at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. I found Peggy Donnelly’s comments and suggestions very helpful as a way to involve parishioners. I will bring her suggestions up at our next RCIA meeting.

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