The Association for Catechumenal Ministry

Fostering the Full Implementation of the Order of Christian Initiation

Pastoral Considerations

R.C.I.A. Inquirer: "Hello, I'd like to learn more about becoming a Catholic." Parish Secretary: "Sorry sir, it's only January.  Please come back in September." This fictitious dialogue between a... [ Continue Reading ]
People don’t always know a practicing Catholic when they come to faith. Finding and matching sponsors can be the slowest skill to develop in being an R.C.I.A. coordinator. Knowing “all the... [ Continue Reading ]
There is an elephant in the room, and it may seem hard to move but it is best dealt with sooner rather than later.  For one thing…  it smells and there is no way to just sweep the mess under the... [ Continue Reading ]
Discernments are the important road signs on the highway of RCIA. They help the participant to reflect on where they started, where they see God calling them and where they want to be. Hopefully the... [ Continue Reading ]
RCIA Is a Liturgical Process The Christian initiation process is intended to be fundamentally liturgical. Participants need and have a right to the grace that flows from the font of the Church’s... [ Continue Reading ]
Baptism is a sacrament that is not repeated, once an individual has been validly baptized. For this reason, he or she would not be baptized again upon reception into full communion with the Church (... [ Continue Reading ]
The testimony of Christian living means that fellowship and love should be tangibly present from the first contact with inquirers.  Catholicism is emphatically not a "me and Jesus" form of the... [ Continue Reading ]
With the advent of the Internet, several very good and trustworthy Catholic forums have emerged online.  These are online communities wherein people create "posts" and are able to hold conversations... [ Continue Reading ]
Each RCIA process encounters individuals who display problems with attendance.  Some express an initial interest but after a while attend RCIA sessions irregularly, or stop coming altogether.  Others... [ Continue Reading ]
RCIA catechetical sessions are not meant solely to transmit information like the convert classes of old.  The purpose of catechesis is to initiate and foster the process of conversion of heart and... [ Continue Reading ]


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