Six formation strategies you cannot afford to ignore

DRAMTICALLY IMPROVE YOUR RCIA PROCESS

The single most important thing you can do

If you are “really” doing children’s RCIA, then you are doing a precatechumenate that is different in design and purpose from the period of the catechumenate.

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USE FOUR SIMPLE RITUALS

Add power to your RCIA process

The RCIA includes a collection of simple but powerful rituals that, when done well, add tremendous depth and reverence to the period of the catechumenate.

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DON'T FORGET THESE KEY TEAM MEMBERS

Five ways to involve peer companions

Including same age peer companions is a must in the children’s RCIA process (RCIA, nos. 252, 254). Here are five ways you can connect children in the RCIA with the baptized kids in the parish.

THREE WAYS CHILD-PEERS CAN HELP

Ramp up your Rite of Acceptance

Another way to include companions is to be sure that at least some of the children’s companions are present at the rites. Companions are mentioned in the Rite of Acceptance (no. 269), although they do not have a specific role within the Rite.

LOOK FOR SIGNS OF CONVERSION

Involve parents in discerning readiness

Another way to improve your children’s RCIA is to improve the way you discern the children’s readiness for the Rite of Acceptance and the Rite of Election.

THE SIMPLEST WAY TO IMPROVE RCIA

Invite kids and families to the Easter Vigil

The more children and families we have at the Easter Vigil, celebrating the Sacraments of Initiation with children in the RCIA, the richer and better our celebrations will be.

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