If someone asks you about becoming Catholic this summer, don’t tell them to come back in September. You can start catechizing them right away, even if you don’t have a year-round process. Here are 20 ideas to get you started.
- Invite the inquirer to Sunday Mass; ask a parishioner to sit with the inquirer.
- Ask a family to invite the inquirer to dinner or a summer barbecue in the parishioners’ home
- Find a parishioner to accompany the inquirer to the parish festival or other summer event
- Ask a member of the food pantry team (or other outreach ministry) to accompany the inquirer at their next event
- Introduce the inquirer to members of the parish music ministry
- Ask someone who goes to adoration or holy hour to invite the inquirer along next time
- Introduce the inquirer to five parishioners after Mass next Sunday; follow up with an e-mail to each parishioner asking them to pray for the inquirer
- Give the inquirer a tour of the parish facilities; explain the major symbols in the worship space
- Arrange for a 15-minute meeting of the inquirer with the pastor; ask a member of the RCIA team to be present at the meeting
- Mail a birthday, anniversary, or “Happy Summer!” card to the inquirer’s home
- If your inquirer is named after a saint, ask is she knows anything about that saint; or explain who the saint is that you are named after
- Ask the parish rosary group (or other prayer group) to pray for the inquirer; let the inquirer know he is being prayed for
- If your inquirer is a parent, arrange for child care so she can have a “date night” with her significant other
- Teach your inquirer how to say the “Glory be…”; ask him to say it every morning and night
- Give your inquirer a prayer book with the Sunday readings in it (e.g. Give Us This Day)
- Introduce your inquirer to someone who went through the catechumenate process recently
- Ask someone who goes to weekday Mass in invite the inquirer along next time
- Ask a communion-to-the-homebound minister to invite the inquirer along next time
- Explain to your inquirer who or what your church is named after
- Ask someone who regularly lights votive candles to explain what it means to her to the inquirer
Please add your own ideas to the comments section below.