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?
This is the time of year when parishes actively invite those interested in exploring the Catholic faith to contact them. Simply extending an invitation in the parish bulletin is not enough. Parishes who have successfully identified inquirers have used some of the following methods to communicate the invitation and information about learning more about our Church:
It is important to remember that it is God who calls and invites. However, a welcoming parish community and a process need to be ready to receive those seeking to learn more about our Catholic faith.
For more information, please contact:
Diocese of Manchester
The Catholic Church in New Hampshire
153 Ash Street, Box 310
Manchester, NH 03105-0310
Fax: (603) 669-0377
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