Lay Ecclesial Ministry
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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.
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.
Wheel of Prayer: Growing Contemplative Communities
18 August ---
Step away from the busyness of
for the Lord and come together for
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.
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.
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.
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 >
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.
Video: How to use The Summit Online
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.
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.
Ask. Seek. Knock: Joyful Encounters of RCIA
Saturday 26 August
--- Guest speakers including
Bishop Mark Edwards OMI
Fr Rob Galea
offer insights on being 'joyful missionary disciples' and how to attract young people to embark on the exciting RCIA journey. Workshops will explore the pastoral and practical aspects of the RCIA.
2019 Planning Calendars
Guidelines for the Funding of Parish Lay Ecclesial Ministers (2019)
Blessed are those who mourn - LEM Professional Learning Day
Advent/Christmas Preparation Seminars
Sparks of Beauty in Literature