Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Exploring the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults - September 22-23, 2006

  • Are you stumped about how to do the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults in your parish?
  • Do you need a boost and some new ideas for your rites and catechumenal gatherings?
  • Does the word “mystagogy” scare you?
  • Do you want to learn how to unpack the initiation rites for your catechumens, sponsors, and parish?
Then make a plan to attend a fall gathering for Catechumenate directors, teams, and ministers. This event is for:

  • Initiation and catechumenate directors, teams, coordinators
  • Faith formation coordinators and leaders
  • Liturgy coordinators
  • Music ministers
  • Priests
  • Deacons

We will focus on the Rite of Acceptance and the Scrutiny Rite and use these rites as the foundation for catechizing on the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

  • We will show how to unpack these rites and catechize from the liturgy.
  • We will model how to do an extended catechesis.
  • You will have a chance to share your successes, your struggles, and get some support, insight, and answers.
  • However way you are involved with the RCIA, you’ll get some food for thought and food for your belly as well!

Exploring the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
September 21-23, 2006
Santa Teresa Church
794 Calero Avenue, San José

To register:
Contact Bernard Nemis, 408-983-0136, or
register online or
download this flyer and registration form (PDF)

Thursday evening for catechumenate directors: Free
Pre-registration for Friday: $25
Pre-registration for Saturday: $25
Registration at the door for Friday: $29
Registration at the door for Saturday: $29

Sponsored by the Diocesean Catechumenate Committee.

We encourage you to attend all three days, if possible, since the discussion from the previous day will be expanded during the next day. But you are welcome to attend as many days that you can. Please do pre-register so we can plan for enough food.

Schedule for the days

Thursday, September 21, 2006, dinner for Catechumenate directors
Avila Hall, Santa Teresa Parish
Free

6:00p – 6:45p: Gathering and appetizers
6:45p – 8:00p: Dinner and conversation
8:00p – 9:00p: Group discussion on the large issues of the RCIA in our diocese
9:00p: Wrap up and closing prayer

Friday, September 22, 2006, for all ministers
Santa Teresa Church
Pre-registration: $25
At the door: $29

8:30a – 9:15a: On-site registration, check-in, and hospitality (Church)
9:15a – 9:30a: Welcome and preparation of assembly for rite
9:30a – 10:30a: Rite of Acceptance
10:30a – 10:45a: Break
10:45a – 11:30a: Mystagogy / Walk-through of Rite
11:30a – 12:00p: Small group discussion
12:00p – 1:00p: Lunch (Avila Hall)
1:00p – 2:00p: Table discussions (Church)
2:00p – 3:00p: Sharing our wisdom to address our challenges
3:00p – 3:15p: Wrap up, preparation for Scrutiny on Saturday, and closing prayer

Saturday, September 23, 2006,, for all ministers
Santa Teresa Church
Pre-registration: $25
At the door: $29

8:30a – 9:15a: On-site registration, check-in, hospitality (Church)
9:15a – 9:30a: Welcome and preparation of assembly for rite
9:30a – 10:30a: Scrutiny Rite
10:30a – 10:45a: Break
10:45a – 11:30a: Mystagogy / Walk-through of Rite
11:30a – 12:30p: Model of extended catechesis on the Scrutiny
12:30p: Wrap up and closing prayer

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