CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA)
(Education & Life Long Learning)
Contact: Nancy Lloyd 636-240-5306 email@example.com
Mission Statement: In the RCIA Catechumenate, we are called to be companions on a Journey of Faith with those who are seeking to become fully initiated members of the Catholic Christian Community. We do this through a process that, “while presenting (authentic) Catholic teaching…, also enlightens faith, directs the heart toward God, fosters participation in the liturgy, inspires apostolic activity, and nurtures a life completely in accord with the Spirit of Christ.” (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults #78)
Parishioners are encouraged to participate in this ministry in a variety of ways:
First and foremost through prayer
Duties: To pray regularly for all those involved in Adult Initiation, especially for the candidates and catechumens.
Time Commitment: flexible.
Special Skills: none needed.
As a Certified Catechist
Contact: Nancy Lloyd, 636-240-5306
Duties: Process consists of liturgical/lectionary-based catechesis. Catechists come prepared to give a short presentation and lead group discussion, connecting topic to that day’s Scripture readings, liturgical seasons and celebrations.
Time Commitment: Four to six Sunday mornings each year plus preparation time.
Special Skills: Must be certified by Paul VI Institute or equivalent. Must be willing and able to share faith and authentic Catholic teaching on an adult level.
As a Sponsor
Contact: Carol Oldendorf, 314-691-6180, firstname.lastname@example.org
Duties: To share faith and journey as a friend and companion with a particular candidate for initiation. This will also involve interaction with candidate outside of regular meeting times.
Time Commitment: Every Sunday morning from 9:00 – 10:15 AM, generally from fall until Pentecost. (This may vary by an individual candidate’s particular needs.) Sponsors must also be available for various rites and celebrations throughout the year.
Special Skills: Must be at least 16 years of age and a practicing, fully initiated Catholic (having received Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist). Must also be willing to support authentic Catholic teaching.
As a Minister of Hospitality
Contact: Jeanette Wipfler, 636-441-2671
Duties: Deliver food by 8:45 AM on Sunday morning. Hospitality ministers are encouraged, but not required to stay and share faith during the Sunday session.
Time Commitment: Two or three Sunday mornings per year.
Special Skills: Willingness to either purchase or prepare light breakfast-type nourishment of your own choosing for those attending Sunday sessions.