Lay Ecclesial Ministry
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Resourcing parishes for Lent
Lent offers an invitation to actively reorientate ourselves to God, because for Christians, God—and the one who was so loved, Jesus—is the heart and the soul of life. We are offered beautiful and ancient tools to help us enter into this time—tools of being prayerful, of living more simply and living more generously. Parishes are invited to download these free and easy-to-use resources for prayer and discussion throughout Lent, including these weekly podcast episodes exploring the gospels through art and prayer.
The Melbourne Church celebrates the 2019 Rite of Election
On the Feast of St Patrick over 1,200 people gathered at St Patrick’s Cathedral on an autumnal Sunday afternoon for the annual Rite of Election. It is at this Rite that those who are preparing for the Easter sacraments—accompanied by parish RCIA team members, fellow parishioners, family, sponsors and godparents—are presented to the Archbishop and the wider Catholic community.
Is it really Lent without catechumens and the scrutinies?
Rev. Dr Elio Capra SDB
reflects on the original meaning of Lent: 'a time when God calls us into the desert so that through a process of purification and enlightenment, [so] we will once again fall in love with Christ and make him the centre of our lives. ... The process of purification and enlightenement becomes evident and alive through the celebration of the scrutinies. They are rituals celebrated during the third, fourth and fifth weeks of Lent to prepare those who are to be initiated (the elect) during the Easter Vigil (RCIA §133).'
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.
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.
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.
Rev. Dr Elio Capra sdb
explores the power and the beauty of the prayers of exorcism of the three scrutinies to be celebrated during the third, fourth and fifth Sundays of Lent.
The following resources cover a range of topics to support the process for initiation of candidates and catechumens.
What does the RCIA journey involve?
There are five steps on the RCIA Journey. Each one concludes with a community ceremony (Rite) which acts as a starting point to the next stage. At each Rite the candidates affirm their intention to proceed to the next stage while the community commits to supporting them on their journey.
Ministry Supervision for Lay Ecclesial Ministers
Resource: Social Profile of the Catholic Community in Australia
Forming Disciples for Mission: A Scriptural Lens
Sparks of Beauty: Film