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Preparing for the 2019 Rite of Election

Registrations for the 2019 Rite of Election will be open from Friday 23 November 2018. The Rite will take place on Sunday 17 March at St Patrick's Cathedral. Be sure to review the following information to assist in your planning and preparation.

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First steps to becoming an RCIA parish

Many parishes are keen to offer an effective ministry around the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) but might be confused about where and how to begin. This is the first in a series of posts that chart one parish’s experience of becoming an RCIA parish, with the aim of providing guidance and resources to those who are just starting out on their RCIA journey.

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Qualities & roles of RCIA team members

The ideal qualities of an RCIA team member will be informed by the kind of environment we wish to create. 

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Wheel of Prayer: Growing Contemplative Communities

18 August --- Step away from the busyness of doing for the Lord and come together for being with the Lord. The day offers a variety of prayer experiences to learn, experience and model in local parishes and schools including Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Christian Meditation, the First Spiritual Exercises, Lectio Divina, Praise and Worship, Taizé and an exploration of Indigenous symbols, prayers and protocols for use in different settings. Special rates available for parish and school groups.
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Exploring the Word Catechumenate Resource

Previously known as the 'Take Home Sheet' and 'The Catechumenal Journey', Exploring the Word is useful for catechists as it offers a closer look at the Scripture of the day and how it makes more explicit God’s word to us through the teachings of Jesus Christ. Practical ideas are also offered for connecting the Gospel and daily life, and suggested music and environment.

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RCIA National Conference 2018

The Christian Initiation Australia Network (CIAN) is hosting a three-day national conference in Melbourne this October. This will be a wonderful opportunity for you and your parish to enliven, reignite and add a spark to evangelisation and the RCIA in your parish community and diocese.

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Cathedral overflows for the 2018 Rite of Election

Sunday 18 February --- The air of excitement was unmistakable yesterday at St Patrick's Cathedral, as over a thousand people gathered for the annual Rite of Election, where those seeking to receive the sacraments of initiation at Easter are presented and recognised by the Archbishop and the wider community. View photos from the day >

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Rite of Election 2018

Online registrations are now open for the 2018 Rite of Election. It will take place on the First Sunday of Lent (Sunday 18 February) at St Patrick's Cathedral. This year, registration will be done online using Trybooking, to enable a more efficient method of collating parish information. 

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Video: How to use The Summit Online

New to The Summit Online? Watch this brief video to gain an overview of the online resource and learn how to access and download the various elements on the webpage. 

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RCIA State Conference wrap up --- The importance of authenticity

Over 100 RCIA coordinators and teams from Melbourne and around the country gathered in August for the RCIA state conference, entitled “Ask. Seek. Knock. Joyful encounters of RCIA”. Watch the keynote presentations by Bishop Mark Edwards OMI and Fr Rob Galea.

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