Pastoral Challenges Implementing the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Judi Hornback, RCIA Director, St. Pius X Catholic Church, Conyers GA

Implementing the RCIA process is not for the faint of heart.  There is no “one size fits all” Catechumenate.  The RCIA can be messy because we encounter individuals with unique stories and personal and pastoral need.  In addition, because God calls people at different times and for various reasons, we can expect challenges. 

Inquirers come to us desiring being able to participate fully in the Catholic Community.  Our task is to welcome them and provide support so they can encounter Jesus and ultimately become disciples too. 

Those who go on to become catechumens and candidates will need both the RCIA ministers and the parish community to accompany, encourage and show by example how the Scriptures and a life of prayer and service are the basis for a faith-filled life.  

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Sorting Fish: A Task at the Beginning (Part 2)

Sorting Fish

The Gospel of Matthew records Jesus’s parable about the reign of heaven being “like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind” (13:47).  I suggest that a parish evangelizing outreach is like a net that may collect “fish” of every kind:  unbaptized adults and children of catechetical age, baptized uncatechized Christians, baptized catechized Christians, baptized Catholics needing Confirmation and Eucharist, baptized Catholics needing only Confirmation, fully initiated Catholics who have been alienated from the Church and seek to return, and Catholics seeking an update. 

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