Is your RCIA open all year-round? Does this mean year-round catechetical sessions?

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2 thoughts on “Is your RCIA open all year-round? Does this mean year-round catechetical sessions?”

  1. “…. The important take-away experience for your catechumens and candidates isn’t the catechetical session, it’s the celebration of the Mass itself (preferably with their sponsors) and their regular interaction with the parish community.”

    That has been the experience I’ve had here through our year-round process. In fact, when the catechumens are initiated, we hope to have them to appreciate the Mass as the go-to event for thanksgiving and energising their life as a Catholic. Everything else we do in RCIA would be to achieve this outcome for them, so that they appreciate the richness and coherence of Mass as the ultimate worship.

    We do have our sessions whole year round and found it wonderful to guide our cathechumens through the seasons of Christ’s passion as the liturgical calendar intended. No doubt this is no small committment, but our sponsors go to Mass every Sunday, so it is just as natural for them to accompany their catechumens to share the joy of the faith weekly- evangelisation becomes part of their Catholic life!

  2. Felicia Bosinski

    The 6th graders at our Parish focus on the Old Testament. Recently, our RCIA team along with our catechumens and inquirers accompanied the 6 th graders to Temple Beth Zion for a tour. The gentleman guiding us took the Torah from the Ark, opened it for us to see. What an experience for all of us! During Advent, we join the 6 th graders for the Jesse Tree. They create ornaments with art representing those in tracing the lineage of Jesus. During the Lenten season, we join them for the Seder Meal, which one of our team members, lovingly, refers to as the Seder Snack. Instead of a lamb shank, we have the drumstick portion of the chicken wing. A bowl of salt water is on the table to represen5 the bitter tears. Matzo and hard boiled egg, along with radish for the bitter herb and grape juice. They hear the story of the Exodus and light the menorah. Then, take it to Jesus breaking the bread and sharing the cup saying the words that we hear at Consecration. These are great examples of using what is already planned by our Faith Formation program for an RCIA session. We follow up with discussion after the events.

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