Auckland RCIA Network
The best ideas and resources are usually found in the people doing the same task. The Religious Education Team invites parish coordinators and catechists to gather and share prayer and wisdom. If you would like to be on the invite list please e-mail us firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Liturgy Office has an RCIA section which includes:
- The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference Policy Welcoming New Members.
- A model RCIA calendar.
Both of these can also be obtained by contacting email@example.com
Team RCIA is a great web resource. It has many articles & ideas for RCIA teams.
There are also opportunities to learn more about the RCIA process, including some free online training.
Diocesan Support and Advice
Sr Siân Owen is the diocesan support person for parish RCIA. Please feel free to contact her with questions or ideas/links for sharing firstname.lastname@example.org ph. (09) 360 3056.
Confirming Adult Catholics: Five Sessions for Preparation and Reflection
What happens when catechized, active Catholics present themselves seeking to complete initiation through the sacrament of confirmation? Although these active parishioners have been baptised and regularly receive the Eucharist, for various reasons they have not yet been confirmed. Neither an adolescent confirmation preparation program nor the RCIA process is appropriate for their sacramental preparation. Mary Birmingham has created five sessions that will minister to the needs of adult, baptised, and catechized Catholics seeking confirmation. Flowing from a solid foundation of sacramental theology, and the liturgical and catechetical documents, this book will be your guide for preparing adult Catholics for confirmation.
Available from the RE Team:$30.00
Formed in Faith: Sessions for Inquiry, Catechumenate, and Ongoing Faith Formation
These sessions are ideal for RCIA inquiry sessions, Catechumenate sessions, and for parish adult faith formation in general. Based on solid principles of adult learning, these sessions focus on the core elements of our faith: God the Creator, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Creed, the Blessed Trinity, as well as sessions on forgiveness and human suffering. All sessions are reproducible from the included CD-ROM which contains handouts, discussion/reflections questions, and other materials.
Available from the RE Team cost $85.00
From the back of the book: “Informative and inviting, Practice Makes Catholic is the perfect resource for RCIA candidates and their sponsors, for Catholic returning to their faith, and for all Catholic who want to get to the heart of what their faith is really about.”
From the back cover: “How do we hand on the many beautiful traditions of prayer embraced by our Church? Where can we find them all in one place? … Kathleen Glavich addresses these questions and more by focusing on the nature of prayer, what Jesus taught about it, when and how to pray, and difficulties in prayer. She offers a variety of prayer forms … an essential resource for all RCIA teams …”
From the cover blurb: “… is an understandable and down-to-earth guide to things Catholic … whether you are brushing up on specific Catholic terms and concepts or learning them for the first time.” (Also available as an ebook, with videos included.)
From the cover: “… not enough to understand the Lectionary readings in their liturgical context. Knowledge of the biblical context of the Lectionary readings is vitally important, especially for facilitators of RCIA and other faith-sharing groups and for those who proclaim the Word.”
Annulment provides a user-friendly summary of the process of applying for a decree of nullity of a former marriage. Primarily intended for RCIA candidates, it is also helpful to RCIA staff and volunteers who will guide the candidates through this process or will simply answer their questions about it. The book also emphasizes the healing and pastoral guidance that can come from the annulment process.
Note: this book is recommended by Rev Dr Anthony Malone ofm, Associate Judicial Vicar, Tribunal of the Catholic Church for New Zealand.
Other Useful Resources
As resources that might be useful to RCIA Teams are found they will be posted here. Come back often to see what’s available and let us know if you find something worth sharing.
Fr. Josh Johnson explains how to read Scripture prayerfully and come away with something we can do to grow our faith in God. He demonstrates how lectio divina is a helpful guide in our pilgrim journey. A short lively introduction to a tool that many teams use already in their RCIA ministry.
The role of the RCIA Team member includes the need to be continually evaluating the process and growing our understanding of RCIA. Here we will post links to articles RCIA teams will find worth reading.
Are Your RCIA Seekers Awed by the Faith? Seekers will only think about and remember ideas that they care about in their hearts. How do we enable this to happen in our RCIA process. This article encourages RCIA teams to engage the heart as well as the head in the pilgrimage of faith.