As a priest, deacon, or catechist, among the challenges you face in facilitating the RCIA program at the parish level is not only providing solid and comprehensive catechesis, but navigating through the various steps and periods involved, as well as understanding where the different liturgical rites fall in the initiation process for catechumens and previously baptized Christians.
There are often questions about the structure of the RCIA program, terminology, working with both catechumens and baptized Christians, how and when to celebrate liturgical rites, who can preside over those rites, and who is supposed to celebrate them.
Our aim is to make your life easier. That’s why we’ve developed this series of video lessons specifically for you as a facilitator of an RCIA program.
This series provides a wealth of information and guidance to help you better understand the structure of RCIA, the formation process, and implementation of its various steps and periods. Topics include the importance and nature of catechesis, using correct terminology, liturgical rites, ministries and offices, the time and place of initiation, adaptations ministers can make to the rites, and others.
We’ll walk you through the major components of the RCIA program, including the introduction section, the program contents, and the three appendices.
Rest assured, we’ve made every effort in this series of videos to provide you with the knowledge you need to facilitate an RCIA program with confidence.
Finally, we invite you to fully utilize our free, video-based RCIA program to help you provide candidates and students with a systematic and comprehensive education in the divine faith of the Church.
May our Lord Jesus Christ bestow his grace and peace upon you, and support you in your work for his holy Church.
RCIA - For Catechists - Contents: Introduction with 'Certificate of Completion'
RCIA - For Catechists - Contents Part 1: Christian Initiation of Adults with 'Certificate of Completion'
RCIA - For Catechists - Contents Part 2: Rites for Particular Circumstances with 'Certificate of Completion'
RCIA - For Catechists - Contents Appendices with 'Certificate of Completion'
Deacon Frederick Bartels
Professor of Theology, Department Chair