The Way of Faith: A Field Guide to the RCIA Process

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At last! A hands-on, comprehensive, enjoyable, and affordable guide to everything you want or need to know about the catechumenate process. This is exactly what team-trainers have been looking for: a resource packed with advice, tips, techniques, and tools to help them start or sustain the catechumenate in their parishes. It includes advice for every aspect of the rite: starting a team, running a catechetical session, finding sponsors, heading up the children's RCIA, and celebrating the rites. This is THE perfect...
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Overview

At last! A hands-on, comprehensive, enjoyable, and affordable guide to everything you want or need to know about the catechumenate process. This is exactly what team-trainers have been looking for: a resource packed with advice, tips, techniques, and tools to help them start or sustain the catechumenate in their parishes. It includes advice for every aspect of the rite: starting a team, running a catechetical session, finding sponsors, heading up the children's RCIA, and celebrating the rites. This is THE perfect resource for everyone who is responsible for guiding catechumens and candidates on their conversion journey—from the pastor to catechists to sponsors and godparents. It will completely transform the way initiation happens in a parish!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585957101
  • Publisher: Twenty-Third Publications/Bayard
  • Publication date: 5/10/2009
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 1,013,176
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction
Moving from a Good RCIA to an Excellent Initiation Process     2
Guide to the Catechumenate     5
The Stages of the Catechumenate
Changing the Light Bulbs: A Catholic's Guide to Conversion     10
Stage One: Find a Light that Needs Changing     12
Stage Two: Learning How to Change a Light Bulb     21
Stage Three: Basking in the Light     27
Stage Four: Mystagogy     38
Lifelong Formation     42
The Rites of the Catechumenate
First Class Passage on the Journey of Faith     46
Rite of Acceptance     47
Election or Enrollment of Names     55
Scrutinies     60
Minor Rites     67
Initiation     73
Nuts and Bolts
How to Build Your Team     84
The Itinerary: A Step-by-Step Guide for Starting the RCIA in Your Parish     97
Learning a Foreign Language: Catechesis     106
Strange and Dangerous Rituals: What You Need to Know about Liturgy     117
Keeping it All Straight
Who Will We Meet on the Way?     128
You Have to Be "This High" to Ride: Children and the RCIA     133
Welcoming the Baptized     146
What about Catholics?     155
The Catechumens at Home     157
Prepare to Initiate     161
Glossary     163
Moving to a Year-Round Model     165
Rehearsal Outlines     167
Dismissal and Catechetical Session Outlines     178
Sundays with Appropriate Readings for the Rite of Acceptance     182
Adaptations     187
Annulments     191
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