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Archive for category Initiation / RCIA

Are you willing to help?

All in attendance have a stake in the past, present, and future of God’s history with those to whom the church directs its sacramental ministry.

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How many hands does it take…?

This year’s Easter Vigil was a real logistical ordeal for presiders.

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Slippery Hands

Why do we anoint the hands of catechumens?

Ars Praedicandi: Ed Foley’s Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year A

That fact that such a quick fix approach
is rampant among preachers and bloggers.
Is evident to me in the number of them
who suggested preaching on the text “Amazing Grace”
with its “once I was lost, but now I’m found, was blind but now I see.”
Is it really that simple?
And if not,
what is the alternative to quick fix Sunday?

Non Solum: Clothing and the Catechumenate

In the RCIA, there is an optional clothing of the newly baptized at the Easter Vigil with a (most often) white robe to symbolize their new baptismal purity.

LTP to sponsor conference on Christian Initiation

The 2017 theme for the National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ is Disciples Making Disciples.

Viewpoint: Recovering the Notion of Original Sin

The transition from the Sin of Adam to the Grace of Christ is not a matter of a few minutes of ritual.

Non Solum: RCIA in Practice

How has the RCIA been implemented in your parish or diocese?

Sacramentality and foundational experience: a reflection on Bruce Morrill’s The Essential Writings of Bernard Cooke

In June, I had the pleasure of participating in a panel at the CTSA celebrating and commenting on the publication of Bruce Morrill’s new book, The Essential Writings of Bernard Cooke (Paulist Press, 2016) (Amazon link). In my presentation, which developed Cooke’s understanding of sacramentality (chapter 3 of the book), I commented that it would be […]

Request: Reading Suggestions for Undergrad Theology Class

I want the students to think hard about how some people find worship attendance to be meaningful, related to their daily life, a constitutive part of their value system, and the like, and also how some people who reject organized religion find meaning and values and a fulfilling life.