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The Parish Community in RCIA

This workshop is for RCIA teams who are looking for ways to actively involve the parish community in the process.

This workshop will offer ideas to:

  • Educate the parish community as to what the process of RCIA is and does.
  • Involve the parish community in the RCIA process.
  • Create a parish community that is outgoing and inviting to others.

Saturday, October 4, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Facilitated by Rev. Joseph M. Cooper, Pastor, St. Kathryn Parish, Hudson

Saint Kathryn Parish
4 Dracut Road
Hudson, NH 03051

Fee: $15 per person

Direct questions to Eileen Smith, esmith@rcbm.org or (603) 663-0174

Download mail-in registration

Register Online: rcia2014.eventbrite.com

Catechumenate Afternoon Prayer with the Bishop

The Office of the Catechumenate cordially invites you to an afternoon of prayer. This is a time for those exploring the Catholic faith to gather as we pray in community praising God for our many blessings. Everyone involved in the initiation process - catechumens, candidates, sponsors, families and team members, as well as those returning to the Catholic community are encouraged to join us on the date and location most convenient for your group. Each session includes prayer, Q&A, and refreshments.


Sunday, November 2, 2014
Afternoon of Prayer 2:30 pm
Christ the King Parish
St. John the Evangelist, Concord, NH
CLICK HERE to register online.

Sunday, November 23, 2014
Afternoon of Prayer 2:00 pm
St. Joseph Cathedral, Manchester, NH
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DOWNLOAD flyer and mail-in registration form.

We look forward to welcoming you!

“I can’t begin to tell you how good it was for me to be a part of this retreat. The quiet reflection time was very enlightening for me. It made me realize how little silence I have in my life, I plan to find time for more.” (A young man in his early twenties)

“I appreciate the opportunity to reflect with my personal connection with Jesus, and the fruitful experience of coming away from the daily hustle of life. I actually found that my stress was being released.”

“This was a very special day for me. I think all candidates should participate in this retreat.”

“This experience has deepened my faith!”

These thoughts were expressed by participants on Saturday, April 5, after the “Sought and Summoned” retreat which was offered by our Diocesan Catechumenate Steering Committee for the people who will be welcomed into the Catholic Church at this year’s Easter Vigil. The morning offered reflective presentations on the Sacraments of Initiation, Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist.

Participants were offered quiet time to reflect on passages from Holy Scripture and questions such as, “How has God sought you out in your life and invited you into freedom through him?” and “Do I live in such a way that people can see that I am connected to Christ? That I am a friend of Jesus?”

As the rainy morning retreat was coming to a close with a prayerful meditation and the closing ritual, “Ephphatha: that is be opened, that you may profess the faith you hear, to the praise and glory of God,” rays of sunshine came flooding through the windows. A beautiful ending to an awesome time together with God and each other!

Resources for Pastors: 10 Tips for Attracting New Catholics

When speaking about the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) process, some parishes say, "We do not have anyone expressing interest in becoming a Catholic."

This raises the question of how we invite people. Do you have an RCIA process in place? Is there an identified contact person who can provide information and follow-up? Are parishioners invited each year to become involved in RCIA ministry as a team member, sponsor, hospitality person, etc.? Are new or relatively new team members encouraged to participate in the diocesan workshops that support RCIA teams? Read the full article: Ten Tips for Attracting New Catholics.

RCIA Coordinators Information Sheet

Many RCIA Coordinators generously volunteer their time and talent to their parishes. Oftentimes there is a change in contact information such as e-mail, address or telephone. In order to keep RCIA Coordinators current, The Catechumenate Office is requesting you to fill out an update form, if there are changes. You may return this form electronically, by regular mail or fax (603-669-0377) or send the information in an e-mail to esmith@rcbm.org.

Resources for Parish RCIA Coordinators and Their Pastors

For more information, please contact:
Eileen Smith
Director of the Office of the Catechumenate
(603) 663-0174

Diocese of Manchester
The Catholic Church in New Hampshire

153 Ash Street, Box 310
Manchester, NH 03105-0310
(603) 669-3100
Fax: (603) 669-0377

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