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/

RCIA Self Assessment Tool

RCIA How Are We Doing A Self Assessment ToolResizeImageHandler  published by RCL/Benziger is a great resource for RCIA teams.  The set of reproducible blackline masters provide an overview of each period and rite followed by relevant evaluation questions that help RCIA leaders and teams to identify strengths and weaknesses in specific areas.  The well constructed evaluation questions lead the evaluator to a greater understanding of the RCIA.

The Scrutiny Rites: The Presider’s Role

Turner bookby Kathy Kuczka

In Celebrating Initiation: A Guide for Priests author Paul Turner, a priest of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, leads priests through twenty-six rites of initiation, including adaptations for the baptized candidates, the various infant baptismal rites, and so on. With the Lenten season upon us, we will look at what he says about the scrutiny rites for unbaptized adults and children and the penitential rite for the baptized. Continue reading “The Scrutiny Rites: The Presider’s Role”