You have a crucial job
Accompanying children on the journey of faith is a huge privilege. And a huge responsibility. You have been called to this ministry, but you may not think you have all the gifts you need. To serve the children and their families well, you have to grow your confidence.
The truth is, the Holy Spirit has gifted you with all the talent you need. You just need to uncover the God-given gifts that are already inside you.
We know you can do this. We’ve helped hundreds of catechists increase their skills and grow their confidence as effective children’s catechumenate catechists.
We believe in you. You can do great things.
How do you gain confidence?
We began our first catechumenate for children this year. I have no background in the process for children. Our team dug deep into your materials, and we are growing in confidence each week.
– Rosellen Sanna
The information I have gleaned from TeamRCIA has been invaluable in helping my confidence. Thank you for the help you have been to me! I look forward to learning more each day!
– Sharon Szabo
Thank you so much for this!! This is definitely the piece I have struggled with developing on my own. I’m so excited I can hardly stand it! TeamRCIA is an oasis for my own formation!!
– Terri Domitrovich
DRAMTICALLY IMPROVE YOUR CATECHUMENATE PROCESS
1. The single most important thing you can do
If you are “really” doing children’s catechumenate, then you are doing a precatechumenate that is different in design and purpose from the period of the catechumenate.
ADD POWER TO YOUR CATECHUMENATE PROCESS
2. Use four simple rituals
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults includes a collection of simple but powerful rituals that, when done well, add tremendous depth and reverence to the period of the catechumenate.
DON’T FORGET THESE KEY TEAM MEMBERS
3. Five ways to involve peer companions
Including same age peer companions is a must in the children’s catechumenate process (RCIA, nos. 252, 254). Here are five ways you can connect children in the catechumenate with the baptized kids in the parish.
LOOK FOR SIGNS OF CONVERSION
5. Involve parents in discerning readiness
Another way to improve your children’s catechumenate is to improve the way you discern the children’s readiness for the Rite of Acceptance and the Rite of Election.