Recording of “What Every RCIA Team Needs To Know About the Dismissal”
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Referenced in this webinar
And this joy is our strength. The joy of a memory close at hand. Sometimes the memory is domesticated, it becomes distant, and it becomes a mere historical account, it does not warm the heart, it does not give us joy and strength. But this encounter with the memory is an event of salvation, it is an encounter with the love of God who has made history with us and saved us; it is an encounter of salvation. And it is so beautiful to be saved, that we must have a celebration!
Questions from the webinar that we didn’t have time for
Do the catechumens return at the end of Mass to be formally dismissed with the rest of the assembly
No. The dismissal at the end of Mass is for the baptized. So the catechumens do not return to the Mass to be dismissed again.
We only have about 1 hour and 30 minutes after mass. Do you do catechesis on another day?
Many parishes have catechesis on a different day than Sunday, so that’s always an option. However, I think one hour and thirty minutes is enough time to do both a dismissal session and a catechtical session, back to back.
Free articles online
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Team Training Resources
- The Art of Catechesis: What You Need to Be, Know and Do
- Lex Orandi Lex Credendi: Liturgy as Lifelong Formation
- Apprenticed to Christ: Activities for Practicing the Catholic Way of Life
- The Way of Faith: A Field Guide for the RCIA Process
- Enter the Rose: Retreats for Unfolding the Mysteries of Faith with Catechumens, Candidates, and All Believers
- Why Go to Mass?
- The Heart of Faith: A Field Guide for Catechumens and Candidates
- Develop a Year-Round RCIA Process (webinar recording)
- Get Ready for a Great Rite of Acceptance (webinar recording)
- Basic Theology for the RCIA Team (webinar recording)
- How to Teach Reconciliation (webinar recording)
- Joint RCIA Formation: Catechizing the catechized and uncatechized together (webinar recording)
- How to Teach the Eucharistic Prayer (webinar recording)
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