How to feed 5,000 on a Tuesday in Advent

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6 thoughts on “How to feed 5,000 on a Tuesday in Advent”

  1. Therese Brennan

    I want to know how he received 30 catechumens? Where is he and how large is the parish and how many years have they been doing RCIA?

    Is someone on the team, when things slow down (hah!) be willing to write how their parish is so inviting that so many folks expressed interest?

  2. In addition to wanting to know what this parish is doing to draw so many seekers to have 30 catechumens, I love these suggestions, Nick & Diana! Our parish has 2 seekers (non-baptized) and 3 Christian brothers and sisters who are inquiring about the Catholic tradition. While we’ve tried to create a community atmosphere with regular weekly sessions, it is not working with this particular group. Their family and work schedules conflict with one another so we are unable to get them together at the same time. So our team has worked out a schedule to meet with individuals as schedules allow. We are also matching them with sponsors who will invite them to participate in parish events, including attending Mass with them. We are working diligently to not only answer their questions, but to help them develop a relationship with the parish community and (primarily) with Christ Jesus. We’ll see what the Holy Spirit has in store for us with this new dynamic.

  3. We do not yet have year round catechumenate formally, but I would suggest several meetings with the person, give them some reading material, find a parish sponsor for them who can also meet with them. There are ways to work with this. and, always, pray to the Holy spirit for more guidance.

  4. Thanks so much for that article how to welcome the 5000. Our RCIA Team and participants are on the precipice of the Easter Vigil and have even taken on a Pentecost Confirmation and now I have 5 new people who want to start. I just don’t have the “manpower” but I may be able to use some of the suggestions with my team.

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