The Association for Catechumenal Ministry

Fostering the Full Implementation of the Order of Christian Initiation

RCIA Leader's Manual

RCIA Leader's Manual, 2nd Edition Association for Catechumenal Ministry Barbara A. Morgan and William J. Keimig, Editors
ISBN: 978-1-933374-10-9
Distributed by Liturgy Training Publications
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The Leader's Manual is the fruit of the hard work of various parish directors of RCIA with years of experience implementing the catechumenate in their own parishes.  It explains the RCIA in-depth while simultaneously giving many practical tools to implement the RCIA with ease. Newly published in 2007, this resource is being used in at least 2,500 parishes across the United States and has been purchased by parishes in every diocese of the United States and every province in Canada.

To give you a good idea of exactly what you will find in the RCIA Leader's Manual, we've provided you with the Table of Contents below.

Table of Contents

ABBREVIATIONS FOR BOOKS OF THE BIBLE
ABBREVIATIONS FOR MAGISTERIAL DOCUMENTS
GLOSSARY OF RCIA TERMS

Section One: Main Text

Part I: Introduction

Ch. 1.  Using the Leader's Manual Ch. 2. The Church and Her Mission
Ch. 3. A Brief History of the Catechumenate
Ch. 4. Introduction to Christian Initiation: A Liturgical, Catechetical, and Pastoral Process

Part II: The Liturgical Aspect of Christian Initiation

Ch. 5. Personal Focus: Liturgy as the Prime Means of Conversion
Ch. 6. The Major Rites of the Catechumenal Process
Ch. 7. The Minor Rites of the Catechumenal Process
Ch. 8. Using the Sunday Lectionary for Mass in the Catechumenal Process
Ch. 9. Using the Liturgy of the Hours in the Catechumenal Process

Part III: The Catechetical Aspect of Christian Initiation

Ch. 10. The Foundation of the Catechetical Aspect: Understanding and Being Changed in Christ
Ch. 11. Personal Focus: The Catechist as an Agent of Conversion
Ch. 12. Recruiting, Training, and Forming Catechists

Part IV: The Pastoral Aspect of Christian Initiation

Ch. 13. The Foundation of the Pastoral Aspect: Christ-like Zeal for Souls
Ch. 14. Personal Focus: The Signs and Stages of Conversion
Ch. 15. An Overview: Pastoral Components of the Catechumenal Process
Ch. 16. The Evangelizing and Welcoming Parish
Ch. 17. The Clergy-Laity Relationship in the Catechumenal Process
Ch. 18. The RCIA Team
Ch. 19. Godparents and Sponsors
Ch. 20. Using Small Groups in the Catechumenal Process
Ch. 21. Using Pastoral Principles to Address Challenging Situations in the Catechumenal Process
Ch. 22. Canon Law Issues in the Catechumenal Process: The Sacrament of Baptism
Ch. 23. Canon Law Issues in the Catechumenal Process: The Sacrament of Matrimony

Part V: Conclusion

Ch. 24. Portrait of a New Catholic

Section Two: Appendices

 

Appendix I: Items for Inquirers and Participants

  • Sample Inquirer Information Cover Letter
  • Adult Inquirer Information Form
  • Child/Teen Inquirer Information Form
  • RCIC Parents' Active Participation Form
  • Current Marital Status Follow-Up Form
  • Previous Marriage Information Form
  • A Guideline for Writing the Story of Your Marriage for the Purpose of Seeking a Decree of Nullity
  • Affidavit of Baptism
  • Discernment Interview Prior to the Rite of Acceptance or the Rite of Welcoming
  • Discernment Interview Prior to the Rite of Election or the Rite of the Call to Continuing Conversion
  • Instructions for Letter to Request Faculties to Baptize or Confirm Adults
  • Sample Letter to Request the Faculty to Confirm Baptized Catholics
  • Christian Initiation Record
  • Sample Personal Letter to Encourage a Person Who Has Inconsistent Attendance
  • Sample Personal Letter to Encourage a Person Who Can't Currently Attend Sessions
  • Sample Personal Letter to Encourage a Person to Attend Upcoming Retreats for the Rites
  • Sample Personal Letter to Encourage a Person to Continue Attending After a Break
  • Sample Personal Letter to Explain the Concept of "Reflection on the Word" to a Catechumen

Appendix II: Items for Godparents and Sponsors

  • Interview Questions for a Potential Godparent or Sponsor
  • Godparent or Sponsor Information Form
  • Certificate to Serve as a Godparent or Sponsor
  • Sample Letter to a Potential Godparent or Sponsor
  • Sample Job Description for a Godparent or Sponsor
  • Sample Outline of Godparent/Sponsor Training Session(s)
  • Handout on Some Practical Suggestions for Godparents and Sponsors

Appendix III: Items for Teams

  • Interview Questions for a Potential Team Member
  • Evaluation Form for a Team Member
  • Sample Letter to Call Together Members of an RCIA Team
  • Sample Agenda for an Initial Team Meeting
  • Sample Job Description for a Specific Role on the RCIA Team
  • Sample Questions That Could Be Used to Evaluate the Parish RCIA Process
  • Handout on Giving a Personal Testimony (Witness)

Appendix IV: Items for Advertising

  • Sample Personal Letter to a Potential RCIA Inquirer
  • Sample Advertisements for Newspapers, Penny Savers, and Other Secular Venues
  • Sample Advertisements for a Parish Bulletin

Appendix V: Items for Bulletins

  • A Walk Through the RCIA Process in the Parish Bulletin
  • A Walk Through the Calendar Year in the Parish Bulletin
  • Requests for Letters of Good Standing

Appendix VI: Items for Liturgies

  • Prayers of the Faithful by RCIA Event
  • Prayers of the Faithful by the Calendar
  • Liturgy Preparation for the Combined Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens and Rite of Welcoming of Candidates
  • Liturgy Preparation for the Combined Rite of Sending Catechumens and Candidates
  • Liturgy Preparation for the Penitential Rite (for Baptized Candidates Only)
  • Liturgy Preparation for the Scrutinies (for the Unbaptized Elect Only)
  • Liturgy Preparation for the Presentation of the Creed
  • Liturgy Preparation for the Presentation of the Lord's Prayer
  • Liturgy Preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation (for Baptized Candidates Only)
  • Liturgy Preparation for the Preparation Rites on Holy Saturday
  • Liturgy Preparation for the Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil

Appendix VII: Items for Apostolic Activities and Retreats

  • Suggestions for Corporal Works of Mercy That Can Be Explained and Initiated
  • Suggestions for Spiritual Works of Mercy That Can Be Explained and Initiated
  • Suggestions for Places to Visit as Part of a Retreat or an Independent Field Trip
  • Suggestions for Different Kinds of Testimonies or Witness Talks
  • Suggestions for Different Subjects for Guided Meditations
  • Suggestions for Different Forms of Prayer in a Retreat Setting
  • Suggestions for Other Create Retreat Elements
  • Suggestions for Small Group Formats During Retreats
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