As Christians, there is no greater joy than to walk with someone as they encounter Jesus for the first time or grow to know him a new, more personal way. The typical parish RCIA schedule runs from fall to spring (usually around September until the Easter Vigil). However, as freely as the Spirit moves, we want to be “at the ready” to greet those who seek and to accompany them during this journey.
To answer this call, we are assembling a team of 5 college students and recent graduates to help move our RCIA experience to the next level.
To proclaim the kerygma and to accompany students during the period of inquiry and formation before being baptized or received into full communion with the Catholic Church.
Once the RCIA team has been established, the team will begin meeting weekly over the summer (either via zoom or in person) for training and discussion in preparation for accompaniment of candidates and catechumens.
Having been through several weeks of training and discussion, the RCIA team members will be ready to walk with their peers through the experience of RCIA.
When a student expresses interest in either being baptized or confirmed, they will be connected to a member of the RCIA team to begin the RCIA process through one on one accompaniment.
Participants and leaders will have a guidebook to use as the resource to lead conversations according to the needs and pace of the participant. Ideally, this would be similar to a book study, in that some reading/prep work would take place before the one on one meeting. The discussion is a way to process together, ask questions, take it deeper, and apply it to our lives.
1.The Journey of Faith
5.The Holy Spirit
6.Tradition of Prayer
8.The Sacraments and Liturgy
9.Baptism and Confirmation
11.Anointing of the Sick
12.The Four Last Things
13.Communion of Saints
14.Culture of Life
15.The Christian Moral Life
16.Catholic Social Teaching
17.Sin and Temptation
18.Going to Confession
We will have a larger monthly gathering for discussion about some of these topics:
We desire to reverence the growth and learning that is taking place within the heart and mind of each student, so this timeline though helpful for some sense of structure, should be only at the service of that growing relationship. It is possible that some students will have already taken time for self-study or may have participated in some Catholic formation prior to inquiry about RCIA. It is also possible that the inquirer may need more time for prayer and preparation that extends beyond the Easter Vigil. This one-on-one approach allows for flexibility based on the needs of the individual.
July- RCIA team gathering to plan our weekly meetings in preparation for the beginning of the school year.
Week of September 2: Following Welcome Week, we will kick off the year with a “Come and See” event (on zoom) to pose some questions (“Are you looking for more?”), lead discussion, and invite attendees to join a 6-week Discovery study led by members of the RCIA team.
Week of September 9: small group study for those inquiring about RCIA (Kerygma)
October: weekly one on one meetings begin (this depending on the number of inquirers and the timing of their inquiry)
February 21: Rite of Election for those to be baptized
April 3: Easter Vigil
1. CHASTITY, SOBRIETY, AND EXCELLENCE
JPII LT members are called to answer the high call of discipleship and should lead with moral authority among their peers by living lives of chastity, sobriety, and excellence. Doing so will lead to integrity of a life worth exemplifying.
2. ACTS 2:42 “They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers.”
Teaching of the Apostles: JPII LT members must love and be dedicated to the Church’s teachings that are given to us in Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and the Magisterium.
Communal Life: JPII LT members should invest in their peers by being present to them and accompanying them inside and outside the walls of JPII Newman.
Breaking of the Bread: JPII LT members should attend Mass regularly at JPII Newman and strive to maintain proximity to all the Sacraments the Church offers.
Prayer: JPII LT members commit to personal prayer for 30 minutes each day.
3. EVANGELIZATION AND HOSPITALITY
Matthew 28: 19-20 “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
Jesus gives the great commission to his disciples and subsequently all his followers to go to the ends of the earth, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Therefore, JPII LT members should daily embrace their personal call to evangelizing through accompaniment and authentic friendship that leads to conversion.
Hospitality: A culture of hospitality (as opposed to isolated acts of hospitality) demands a posture of receptivity to the other at all times. This posture necessitates being welcoming to guests, going out of one’s way to talk to someone who is alone, and always being available to serve the needs of another.
1.Commit to Core Values.
2.Attend JPII Newman Student Leader Training (Dates TBD).
3.Meet regularly with Katie Winkler to check in about one-on-one meetings and the RCIA process/experience.
4.Attend regular RCIA team meetings during summer, participate in Come and See event and Discover study group in September, weekly one-on-one meetings.
5.Invest in the JPII Newman community through common worship and social opportunities.
6.Attend the Monthly Leadership Summit with other JPII Newman leaders to receive training in leadership and evangelization.