Articles by Michael Marchal

Reflection questions for seekers — All Saints Day to Christ the King Sunday, Year A

You can reflect questions for every Sunday of the year by clicking here. All Saints’ Day Background: In a culture that is living more and more in a denial of death, this festival reminds us that we are “surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses” who “have run the race and kept the faith.” Yet […]

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Reflection questions for seekers — All Saints Day to Christ the King Sunday, Year A

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers — 27th-30th Sundays in Ordinary Time, Year A

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Background: Jesus the prophet again tells a story to the religious leaders that reminds us all that what matters in the kingdom/reign of God is not just words but actions that embody love. We will be good stewards of the kingdom/reign only by bearing such good fruit. Discussion Questions Describe

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Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers — 27th-30th Sundays in Ordinary Time, Year A

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers — 23rd-26th Sundays in Ordinary Time, Year A

Introduction to the 23d and 24th Sundays: We have finished reading Matthew’s narrative about how deep faith in Jesus is the only way of entrance into the Church. For two Sundays now we read Jesus’s discourse on what life in the Church is to be like. 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Background: This Sunday’s part

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Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers — 23rd-26th Sundays in Ordinary Time, Year A

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers — 18th-22nd Sundays in Ordinary Time, Year A

Introduction for 18th to 22nd Sundays: We have finished reading Matthew’s Sermon on Parables and move now to a crucial narrative section dealing with the Church as First-fruits of God’s Kingdom/Reign. Repeatedly we will see how the crucial step to enter that Kingdom/Reign is a deep faith in Jesus, a faith that rejects all other

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Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers — 18th-22nd Sundays in Ordinary Time, Year A

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers — 14th – 17th Sundays in Ordinary Time, Year A

14th Sunday in ordinary time Background : This Sunday’s selection is the first from Matthew’s exploration of the meaning of the Kingdom/Reign of God. The evangelist often refers to the Kingdom/Reign of Heaven, but that is a pious Jewish euphemism. A Jewish perspective is also needed to appreciate the references to the “learned,” which refers

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Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers — 14th – 17th Sundays in Ordinary Time, Year A

Preparing seekers during summer Ordinary Time, Cycle A – part one

Trinity Sunday Background: Grace, love, fellowship—these words from the end of this Sunday’s selection from 2 Corinthians provide the common threads that runs throughout all the readings. Today’s focus is not on the inner relationships among the Persons of the Trinity but upon their relationships with us in both Old and New Testaments. As the

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Preparing seekers during summer Ordinary Time, Cycle A – part one

RCIA in the Easter Season: How to continue forming elect, catechumens, and candidates

Michael Marchal is a retired teacher of high school English and college philosophy. He has worked with the RCIA in his parish since 1976 and has written three books on different aspects of the process. Later this spring his latest work, Reborn in the Spirit: Preparing At Home for Infant Baptism was coauthored with Jane

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RCIA in the Easter Season: How to continue forming elect, catechumens, and candidates

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