The Process of Discernment

*This article is a summary of the Discernment Process PowerPoint presentation created by Sister Gael Gensler, OSF. Sr. Gael is a pastoral associate for the St. Julie Billiart Parish in Tinley Park, IL. She has been involved with adult initiation for thirty years and has served on the NA Forum staff as the Director of Institutes. She is co-author of a web resource, Apprentices in Faith, an author of the Foundations in Faith series (RCL), and writes on initiation topics.

The Christian Initiation process fosters faith formation resulting in transformation. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, the process leads one to conversion of heart and to a response to Christ’s invitation to live an active, Christian life. “Falling in love” with our Lord is the ultimate goal. Every transition in the process is enhanced through prayer and discernment.

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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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Information about the Scrutinies

The Scrutinies are celebrated with catechumens on the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays of Lent.  Here are links to some common questions and good articles that may help you as you plan.

Do we use Cycle A readings for all Masses even those where we don’t celebrate a scrutiny? Answer:  https://paulturner.org/scrutinies-and-homilies/

Here is a link to an in-depth article written by Fr. Turner about the Scrutinies https://paulturner.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/scrutinies1.htm

Finally, here is a link to a concise article about the Scrutinies from Team RCIA http://teamrcia.com/2018/02/how-to-celebrate-the-scrutinies-without-scaring-the-catechumens/