The Rite of Acceptance and the Rite of Welcome: The Cross

By: Kathy Kuczka

The Cross is one of the most ancient symbols of Christianity. Crosses can be seen wherever we look. Crosses hang from rear-view mirrors, in bedrooms, and stand on faraway hills. They are made out of wood, gold and even palm branches. They adorn necks, ear lobes, fingers and wrists. Jewelers prize them and tourist vendors take stock in them. Because the cross has become so commonplace, the central meaning of the Cross can become obscured or taken for granted.

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RCIA “Open Forum” 2018 Report

In October, The Archdiocesan Forum for the RCIA held an “Open Forum” meeting.  The meeting was open to anyone who is on staff or volunteers as part of an RCIA team at a parish.  After a welcome by Andy Lichtenwalner, Director of the Office of Formation and Discipleship, and introductions by Forum Chairperson, Terry Zobel (St. Thomas Aquinas), Lorraine Miller (St. Philip Benizi) led a question and answer session.  To see the list of questions and answers click here!  Watch for announcements about the next “Open Forum” in February and plan to join us to learn and build a network of people who can support you in the RCIA.

Reflections of a “Newbie” RCIA Director: Catechesis as a Shared Journey of Faith

by Carl McColman, St. Thomas More, Decatur

This year my wife Fran and I begin our third year as RCIA directors at our parish. It still feels “new” to us and we continue to be humbled by how enormous a responsibility this is.  We find we must continually rely on God’s grace and guidance, which, in balance, seems to be a good thing!

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