Discernment in the catechumenate process is all about discovering what is in the seeker’s heart. We are not gatekeepers, granting or denying access to the holy. We are accompanists, walking with each seeker on the journey of faith, helping each one listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
Discernment itself is not that difficult. The skills needed and criteria required can be learned with a little practice. What is difficult is the decision to do it. What if we uncover something in the seeker that indicates they are not yet ready for the next step? What if they go away disappointed because the journey is harder than they expected? What if we make a mistake?
What will be covered in the training?
In our next TeamRCIA online training, we’re going to look closely at what the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults says about discernment in the catechumenate process. Preparing for the new translation gives us an opportunity to read (maybe for the first time) what the church is looking for at each stage of the journey of faith. If you’ve never read the rite with an eye toward discernment, you may be surprised at how our job as accompanists is both simple and challenging at the same time.
Join us for the next TeamRCIA online training where we will break open what the rite has to say about knowing if your seekers are ready for the next step on the journey.
How does the training work?
The hosts will be live, and participants can view the hosts. Participants can add comments and questions through the chat function. For those who wish, we can enable audio for individuals to ask question or make comments "live."
The training lasts officially for one hour. However, the hosts will remain online for as long as participants have questions.
Is there a fee for the training?
The training is free and open to everyone.
Will there be a recording available later?
A recording will be available for all TeamRCIA Members. If you are not yet a member, you can learn more about the benefits of membership here.