How RCIA teams can be witnesses even in cyberspace

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  1. Kenneth Mcmillen

    Hi Team RCIA, I have not been part of RCIA for long, but then I just joined the Catholic Church in 2019 at St. Francis Xavier in Seaside, CA. I was not a cradle Catholic and was raised Protestant but the parish priest and sisters have been great giving me opportunities in various ministries. RCIA is one of them. My faith has grown exponentially since my confirmation and the pandemic has contributed to my faith growth.

    I became an RCIA team member last year and am now the co-director with a great, but small, team. It’s a long story. I really enjoy taking the journey with these candidates. I started this year’s program in the pandemic so have been using zoom from the beginning. Our parish church has outdoor daily mass under tents so we can have public baptisms, Eucharist and confirmation. We meet after mass for discussion of the liturgy of the Word. The zoom meetings are more difficult, mainly getting the candidates to actively participate. They are just a bit shy and not used to speaking of their faith. However, when called on to respond to a question they do give good thoughtful responses. There are 11 young folks in the program as candidates. Two need baptism, the others confirmation only. However, I found they all were in need of spiritual training/guidance and more knowledge of the Catholic Church so we will handle them the same. I have not had dismissals after the Liturgy of the Word since there is really no place to go. The sacristy is off limits to a group since the church building is closed.

    We have a texting group to share reflections, news, pictures and gifs, etc. Most of the reflections are trying to relate our faith and teachings of Jesus to our world today. I have tried to ask for feedback and responses from them but not many respond. There is room for improvement here in my part.

    The other area where it is difficult is having a retreat. It is just not the same as meeting in person but it does work in a way. It will be interesting when we get to the retreats during lent.

    I look forward to getting some new ideas from your webinar.

    Cheers🍻Peace🙏🏼 and Blessings 🙌🏼

    Ken McMillen

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