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Designing Your Calendar for 2013-2014

 The same Holy Spirit who inspired the design of the lectionary also inspired our catechetical system. Therefore, lectionary-based catechesis operates in synergy with systematic instruction when sound planning is applied. Before formally inaugurating your RCIA process, prepare a calendar specifically for the year and liturgical cycle in which you are teaching. Part Two of the supplement to the Catechist and Directors' Edition of God Calls You by Name provides a general guide for aligning topics with liturgical readings. Pages S-37 through S-52 help correlate the lessons for initial evangelization and catechesis in New Beginnings with the spring and summer liturgies. Pages S-53 through S-82 assist in correlating the lesson plans in God Calls You by Name with the fall, winter, and spring liturgies. Presented here is a sample calendar, which can be used for formal catechetical instruction from the fall of 2013 through Mystagogia of 2014. This calendar begins in Year C and moves to Year A on the first Sunday of Advent.

 Designing Your Calendar for 2013-2014

 The same Holy Spirit who inspired the design of the lectionary also inspired our catechetical system. Therefore, lectionary-based catechesis operates in synergy with systematic instruction when sound planning is applied. Before formally inaugurating your RCIA process, prepare a calendar specifically for the year and liturgical cycle in which you are teaching. Part Two of the supplement to the Catechist and Directors' Edition of God Calls You by Name provides a general guide for aligning topics with liturgical readings. Pages S-37 through S-52 help correlate the lessons for initial evangelization and catechesis in New Beginnings with the spring and summer liturgies. Pages S-53 through S-82 assist in correlating the lesson plans in God Calls You by Name with the fall, winter, and spring liturgies. Presented here is a sample calendar, which can be used for formal catechetical instruction from the fall of 2013 through Mystagogia of 2014. This calendar begins in Year C and moves to Year A on the first Sunday of Advent.

 Calendar for 2013-2014: Autumn Entry into Formal Catechesis

 The liturgy of Ordinary (ordinal or numbered), Time coaches and mentors us in Christian growth and development. The week of the 23rd Sunday offers a probable transition point from an informal summer process to a formal autumn entry. The 24th through the 29th Sundays in Ordinary Time correlate well with the instructional materials in the first two parts of God Calls You by Name. These six Sundays will likely correspond with the Precatechumenate/Inquiry period of the formal RCIA Process. Chapters One and Two of God Calls You by Name present liturgical ceremony and etiquette, the order of the Mass and the use and symbolic meaning of material things in Catholic liturgy. These instructions are vital to developing a comfort level with attendance at Sunday Mass. Your pattern of ritual dismissal for reflection on the Scripture readings may also be forming during these weeks. Chapters Three, Four and Five present basic information concerning the Catholic Church, including the Catholic teaching on Scripture and the role of Tradition, as well as the nature, structure, symbolism, models, leadership and history of the Church. These topics address key questions of inquirers and fulfill the goals of the Precatechumenate. They need not be approached in the same order as the book presents them. Issues relating Catholic teachings to political trends will assert themselves forcefully and may give added urgency to teachings concerning life issues and social policies, presented in Chapter Nine of the text.

 Sunday Date Sunday Readings Suggested Topic

 Sept. 8, 2013

23rd Sun. Ord. Time

Session Date, Time


Wis. 9:13-18b

Phlm. 9b-10, 12-17

Lk. 14:25-33


Welcome, Introductions

RCIA Process Explained

GCYBN: Intro. CCC #1-49


Sept. 15, 2013

24th Sun. Ord. Time

Session Date, Time


Ex. 32:7-11, 13-14

1 Tm. 1:12-17

Lk. 15:1-32

The Mass, Worship

GCYBN Ch. 1

CCC 1066 - 1112


Sept. 22, 2013

25th Sun. Ord. Time

Session Date, Time


Am. 8:4-7

1 Tm. 2:1-8

Lk. 16:1-13


Liturgical Enhancements

GCYBN Ch. 2

CCC #1145 to 1209


Sept. 29, 2013

26th Sun. Ord. Time

Session Date, Time


Am. 6:1a, 4-7

1 Tm. 6:11-16

Lk. 16:19-31


Divine Revelation and Scripture

GCYBN Ch. 3

CCC #50-184


Oct. 6, 2013

27th Sun. Ord. Time

Session Date, Time


Hb. 1:2-3, 2:2-4

2 Tm. 1:6-8, 13-14

Lk. 17:5-10


The Church

GCYBN Ch. 4

CCC #748-987


Oct. 13, 2013

28th Sun. Ord. Time

Session Date, Time


2 Kgs. 5:14-17

2 Tim. 2:8-13

Lk. 17:11-19


History of Church

GCYBN Ch. 5

Acts of the Apostles


Oct. 20, 2013

29th Sun. Ord. Time

Session Date, Time


Ex. 17:8-13

2 Tm. 3:14-4:2

Lk. 18:1-8


Church Teachings

GCYBN Ch. 9, CCC #1877-2557

Wisdom Ch. 1-6


 Note: It is extremely important for inquirers to have at least a solid basic presentation of the 10 Commandments and the moral teachings and requirements of the Church, including marriage laws, before they choose to enter the catechumenate. Although Chapter 9 of God Calls You by Name builds on the doctrines concerning the nature of God and of humankind (and will be addressed repeatedly) do make sure that the essentials of Catholic moral teachings are presented prior to your discernment retreat that anticipates the Rites of Acceptance and Welcome. You have already introduced doctrines concerning the Trinity and Christ in their sublime simplicity during the course of initial catechesis; candidates are also cognizant of these essential doctrines. This year, 2013, has highlighted the urgent need for Catholic moral teaching to weigh in on the political issues of our time. Heighten the general awareness of moral applications to politics.

 This calendar plan calls for time to pause and reflect during the week of October 27. Briefly introduce the purposes of prayer and the teaching on the "Our Father" in God Calls You by Name, Ch. 17, then offer time for questions and discussion on material presented so far. Save time for discernment concerning the decision to participate in the Rites of Acceptance and Welcome, allow participants and potential sponsors an opportunity to confidentially write down some names of persons with whom they could interact well. Plan a pre-acceptance retreat, during which the discernment process can be completed. The first retreat plan, God Calls You by Name S-85, is based on the readings for All Saints' Day.

 Sunday Date Sunday Readings Suggested Topic

Oct. 27, 2013

30th Sun. Ord. Time

Session Date, Time


Sir. 35:12-14, 16-18

2 Tm. 4:6-8, 16-18

Lk. 18:9-14


Prayer (overview), Discernment

GCYBN, Ch. 17

CCC #2558-2758

Introduce Holy Days of Obligation


Retreat #1: Date, Time, Place


See 1st retreat plan

GCYBN, S-85


Nov. 1, 2013

Feast of All Saints

(Holy Day of Obligation)


Rv. 7:2-4, 9-14

1 Jn. 3:1-3

Mt. 5:1-12a



See 1st retreat plan

GCYBN S-85



Nov. 3, 2013

31st Sun. Ord. Time

Session Date, Time


Wis. 11:22-12:2

2 Thes. 1:11-2:2

Lk. 19:1-10

Catholic Doctrine

GCYBN, Ch. 6

CCC #199-747

Nov. 10, 2013

32nd Sun. Ord. Time

Session Date, Time

2 Mc. 7:1-2, 9-14

2 Thes. 2:16-3:5

Lk. 20:27-38


Nature of Humankind

Last Things

GCYBN Ch. 7, 8,

CCC #1691-1876; 976-1065


Nov. 17, 2013

33rd Sun. Ord. Time

Session Date, Time


Mal. 3:19-20a

2 Thes. 3:7-12

Lk. 21:5-19


Review Church Teachings as

needed

GCYBN Ch. 6-9, CCC # 1877- 2557


Nov. 24, 2013

Feast of Christ the King

Session Date, Time


2 Sm .5:1-3

Col. 1:12-20

Lk. 23:35-43


Church Discipline, Precepts

GCYBN Ch 10

CCC # 1877-2557

Prepare for Advent


Note: If you take a break during Thanksgiving week, the last two lessons listed above can be combined. Introduce the Precepts of the Church now; the difference between unchanging dogma and adjustable disciplinary practices is vitally important here. Stress Holy Days of Obligation: three of them occur between December 8 and January 1. Explain fasting and abstinence just prior to Ash Wednesday. Prepare for Advent, which inaugurates a new liturgical year with a new cycle of readings. Describe the three-year cycle of readings. Review material in Chapter 2 on liturgical seasons and colors.

Advent and Christmas Seasons

When the catechetical year began in Year C, the readings of Year A are now introduced.

Enhance the experience of these liturgical seasons visually, emotively and intellectually by blessing an Advent wreath and displaying symbols of Advent. The theology concerning the Blessed Virgin Mary is an integral part of the Creed and of the theology of the Incarnation of Jesus. The whole season of Advent is the medium that conveys the Church’s teachings concerning Mary. During Advent, reverence the person of the Blessed Virgin Mary and her chaste relationship with Joseph while eagerly anticipating the Incarnation and birth of Jesus. December celebrates Mary's own origin in the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Use readings from this feast. Emphasize Mary's privileged place in Salvation History during this season. The presence of John the Baptist in the readings presents an excellent opportunity to begin instruction on the sacraments, which ideally should be completed prior to the Rite of Election. Sacraments are presented in Part 4 of God Calls You By Name.

Sunday Date Sunday Readings Suggested Topic

Dec. 1, 2013

1st Sun. Advent

Session Date, Time


Is. 2:1-5

Rom. 13:11-14

Mt. 24:37-44


Sacraments in General

GCYBN Ch. 11

CCC #1113- 1144


Dec. 8, 20103

2nd Sun. Advent

Session Date, Time


Is. 11:1-10

Rom. 15:4-9

Mt. 3:1-12

Sacraments of Initiation

GCYBN Ch. 12

CCC #1210-1321


Dec. 9, 2013

Immaculate Conception

(Holy Day of Obligation)


Gn. 3:9-15, 20

Eph. 1:3-6, 11-12

Lk. 1:26-38


Marian Dogmas, Mary's role in

Redemption

GCYBN, Ch. 6, CCC #963-975


Dec. 15, 2013

3rd Sun. Advent

Session Date, Time


Is. 35:1-6a, 10

Jas. 5:7-10

Mt. 11:2-11


Mary, Incarnation, Infancy

Narratives

GCYBN, Ch 18, Gospels


 Note: If the third Sunday of Advent leads into your last session before Christmas, break from presenting Sacraments. Prepare a Christmas reflection; dwell on the sacred mystery of the Incarnation and its intimate relationship with Redemption. Teach Mary's place and privileges in Salvation History from Chapter 6, including her Immaculate Conception and Assumption. This may also be an excellent time to introduce the Rosary and some Marian devotions from God Calls You by Name, Chapter 18. Describe devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose feast is December 12, or prayerfully reflect on Scriptures presented during the Christmas season: each Mass tells its own facet of the total Christmas story. Introduce St. Joseph. Year A is the only cycle that portrays Joseph, at first anguished over Mary's condition, and then discretely enlightened by the angel. Relax and talk about Christmas traditions. Give more weight to the refreshments this week! Encourage children to participate in live nativity scenes where available; these kinesthetic learning events will seal the meaning of Christmas in their memories.

This process design provides a break before Christmas and between Christmas and New Year. If scheduling a session following the 4th Sunday of Advent, transfer these suggestions to that week. Since the very doctrines of the Incarnation and Redemption are embedded in pious art and symbolism, incorporate some elements of Catholic art and devotions from Chapters 16 through 18. You have extra time to teach the sacraments this year, because Easter comes quite late, on April 20, 2014.

Sunday Date Sunday Readings Suggested Topic

Dec. 22, 2013

4th Sun. Advent


Is. 7:10-14

Rom. 1:1-7

Mt. 1:18-24


INCARNATION, REDEMPTION

See above suggestions


Dec. 25, 2013

CHRISTMAS DAY

(Holy Day of Obligation)


Christmas Vigil (evening)

Mass................................Is. 62:1-5; Acts 13: 16-17, 22-25; Mt. 1:1-25

Midnight Mass....................................Is. 9:1-6; Ti. 2:11-14; Lk. 2:1-14

Mass at Dawn……………………………..Is. 62:11-12; Ti. 3:4-7; Lk. 2:15-20

Mass of Christmas Day………………..Is. 52: 7-10; Heb. 1:1-6; Jn. 1:1-18


Note: Each Christmas Mass proclaims its own facet of the mystery of the Incarnation and Redemption accomplished for us by Jesus Christ. Listed above are the four sets of readings for Christmas Masses. We reserve seats for our RCIA participants at the Midnight Mass; catechumens and candidates remain for the whole Mass, and are reminded not to receive Communion. Parish circumstances may vary. Reiterate that Mass attendance is also required on Sunday, December 29, on January 1, and on Sunday, January 5.

Sunday Date Sunday Readings Suggested Topic

Dec. 29, 2013

Holy Family Sunday

(Sunday Obligation)


Sir. 3:2-7, 12-14

Col. 3:12-21

Mt. 2:13-15, 19-23


No weekly session


Jan. 1, 2014

Mary Mother of God

(Holy Day of Obligation)


Nm. 6:22-27

Gal. 4:4-7

Lk. 2:16-21


Dogma: Mary is the Mother of

God

(Chalcedon)


Jan. 5, 2014

Epiphany of the Lord

Session Date, Time


Is. 60:1-6

Eph. 3:2-3a, 5-6

Mt. 2:1-12


Life of Christ

4 Gospels


Recommended for this week: Reflect on the experience of attending Catholic Advent and Christmas season liturgies, perhaps for the first time. Trace the life of Christ, both God and man, from the Gospel readings used in the liturgies from the Fourth Sunday of Advent through the scenes from his public life presented in the early weeks of Ordinary Time. The sacraments apply the ministry of Jesus to us through the priest who stands in the person of Christ.

Sunday Date Sunday Readings Suggested Topic

Jan. 12, 2014

Baptism of the Lord

(End Christmas, 1st Sun. Ord.

Time) Session Date, Time


Is. 42:1-4, 6-7

Acts 10:34-38

Mt. 3:13-17


John, Ch 6, 13,14, 15

Holy Eucharist

GCYBN Ch. 13,

CCC # 1322-1421



Ordinary Time: between Christmas Season and Lent

Continue presenting the sacraments. Correlate the personal healing, forgiving and affirming touch and call of Jesus in the Gospels with the touch of Jesus extended to us through the sacraments of the Church. The Gospels for the following Sundays generally present scenes from the early public life of Jesus Christ, including the call of his disciples and the Beatitudes. Consider inviting speakers who are experienced in each respective sacrament. For example, if single, you likely know the theology and Church discipline concerning marriage as well as anyone, but perhaps inviting a married deacon or another parish couple to talk about marriage would contribute the authenticity of personal experience. If married, collaborate with your spouse on this teaching. Consider asking your pastor to teach Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, and Ordination.

Sunday Date Sunday Readings Suggested Topic

Jan. 19, 2014

2nd Sun. Ord. Time

Session Date, Time


Is. 49:3, 5-6

1 Cor.1:1-3

Jn. 1:29-34

Reconciliation

GCYBN Ch. 14

CCC #1422-1498


Jan. 26, 2014

3rd Sun. Ord. Time

Session Date, Time


Is. 8:23-9:3

1 Cor. 1:10-13, 17

Mt. 4:12-23


Anointing of the Sick

GCYBN Ch. 14

CCC #1499-1532


Feb 2, 2014

4th Sun. Ord. Time

Session Date, Time


Mal. 3:1-4

Heb. 2:14-18

Lk. 2:22-40



Holy Orders

GCYBN Ch. 15

CCC #1533-1600


Feb 9, 2014

5th Sun. Ord. Time

Session Date, Time


Isaiah 58:7-10

1 Cor. 2:1-5

Matthew 5:13-16


Matrimony

GCYBN Ch. 15

CCC # 1601-1666


Feb. 16, 2014

6th Sun. Ord. Time

Session Date, Time


Sir. 15:15-20

1 Cor. 2:6-10

Mt. 5:17-37


Conscience Formation, Social

Teachings

GCYBN Ch. 7, 8, 9

CCC #2401-2463; 1776-1845


Feb. 23, 2014

7th Sun. Ord. Time

Session Date, Time

Lv. 19:1-2, 17-18

1 Cor. 3:16-23

Mt. 5:38-48

Prayer

GCYBN Ch. 17

CCC # 2558-2865


Retreat # 2: Date, Time, Place




See 2nd retreat plan in

GCYBN S-87


Mar. 2, 2014

8th Sun. Ord. Time

Session Date, Time

Is. 49:14-15

1 Cor. 4:1-5

Mt. 6:24-34


Devotions, Lent, Precepts

GCYBN Ch. 10, 16, 18

CCC # 1667-1690


Note: Spend some time on discernment concerning the choice to proceed to the rites of Sending, Election, and Call to Continuing Conversion. Implement the second retreat; see pp. S-87 through S-94 of God Calls You by Name.

Season of Lent: Preparing with the “Elect”

Prepare for the holy season of Lent. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and commemorates the 40-day fast of Jesus in the desert. The liturgical season of Lent developed from the 40-day period of intense preparation for the Sacraments of Initiation undertaken by early catechumens, and from penitential practices of the ancient Celtic monks. Today the legal obligation to fast is retained only on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday; and abstinence from meat applies to Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent; however, be sure to consult regional regulations. Fasting, prayer and almsgiving remain the pillars of Lenten discipline; exercise of adult level choice, responsibility and decision-making in choosing Lenten practices above the legal minimum is elicited. Encourage the Elect to make additional meaningful sacrifices during this sacred season. Review Chapter 10 of God Calls You By Name, which concerns Church discipline.

By the time Lent begins, you have taught Catholic doctrine and sacramental theology. Prepare candidates for First Reconciliation. Spend time on prayer, reflection, discernment, and on making immediate preparations for the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation. Practice various forms of prayer and introduce devotions, especially the Stations of the Cross. See God Calls You by Name, Chapters 16, 17 & 18. Use meditations at the ends of various chapters. They lend well to a guided imagery format.

During Lent, work closely with your liturgist. You will be celebrating the Rites of Sending, Election or Enrollment of Names, the Call to Continuing Conversion, Scrutinies, and other rites proper to the period of Enlightenment. During the Scrutinies, the Church is repeatedly asking, “Are you ready?” and “Sponsors, do you think they are ready?” This is Year A: readings are standard for all Masses. Additional rites such as presentations of the Lord’s Prayer and Creed, and the Ephphetha rite may be celebrated either before the community or within sessions or during retreats. We celebrate this rite during the Holy Saturday retreat.

Sunday Date Sunday Readings Suggested Topic

Mar. 5, 2014

Ash Wednesday


Jl. 2:12-18

2 Cor. 5:20-6:2

Mt. 6:1-6, 16-18


Breaking Open the Word


Mar. 9, 2014

1st Sun. of Lent

Session Date, Time

Rites: Sending,

Election at Cathedral

Gn. 2:7-9, 3:1-7

Rom. 5:12-19

Mt. 4:1-11


Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving

GCYBN Ch. 16-18

CCC # 538-540

CCC # 1667-1690, 2558-2578


Mar. 16, 2014

2nd Sun. of Lent

Session Date, Time

Call to Continuing Conversion

(for Candidates)


Gn.12:1-4a

2 Tm. 1:8 b-10

Mt. 17:1-9


Reconciliation-practical aspects.

GCYBN Ch. 14, Prodigal Son

Examine Conscience


Year A B C: 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays of Lent

Readings from Year A are proclaimed at Masses attended by the Elect on the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays of Lent. These readings are designed for their instruction, and they correlate with the prayers of the Scrutinies. Collaborate with your liturgist, particularly on these Sundays. Sessions during the third, fourth, fifth and sixth weeks of Lent should intensify in tone as you celebrate the Scrutinies and make immediate preparations for the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation, and for First Reconciliation for candidates. The Old Testament readings depict stages on the epic trek through Salvation History. The Gospel scenes from St. John utilize circumlocution -- the unveiling of part of a story, followed by a misunderstanding, completed by explanations and a fuller development of the lesson. This is a didactic technique employed throughout the Gospel of St. John. These Gospel readings model the apex of ancient Semitic story-telling and right-brained catechesis.

Sunday Date Sunday Readings Suggested Topics

Mar. 23, 2014

3rd Sun. of Lent

Session Date, Time

(First Scrutiny, Present Creed)

Exodus 17:3-7

Rom. 5:1-2, 5-8

John 4:5-42

Rite of Reconciliation


March 30, 2014

4th Sun. of Lent

Session Date, Time

(Second Scrutiny)


1 Sm. 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a

Eph. 5:8-14

Jn. 9:1-41


Meditation on Darkness and Light

Review Mass GCYBN Ch.1, 13

John Ch. 6, 9,


April 6, 2014

5th Sun. of Lent

Session Date, Time

(Third Scrutiny, Present Our

Father)


Ez. 37:12-14

Rom. 8:8-11

Jn. 11:1-45


Mission of Jesus, Passion

Holy Week GCYBN Ch. 2,6,18


Note: In the recent past, the reception of candidates into full communion with the Catholic Church was celebrated using the combined rite at the Easter vigil. Some now recommend that the center of focus for the Easter vigil be maintained as the Sacrament of Baptism, followed by Confirmation and first Eucharist for the Elect. Your bishop may desire that candidates be welcomed into full communion and receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at a different time. We have held this on various Sundays between the fourth Sunday of Lent and Palm Sunday; one parish celebrates this rite on Holy Thursday evening. Doing this prior to Easter honors the baptismal status of candidates and enables them to participate fully in all the Holy Week observances. Your Bishop sets the norms for RCIA in your diocese: consult local diocesan regulations. Plan a retreat for the candidates and ensure the observance of the Sacrament of Reconciliation prior to celebrating this rite.

Passion of Christ and Holy Week

Holy Week is the most solemn and most ancient segment of the Church’s liturgical cycle. It begins with Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem. The Sacred Triduum -- from the evening of Holy Thursday through Easter -- comprises one seamless commemoration of the Institution of the Eucharist and Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. Involve both Elect and candidates in foot washing ceremonies and Eucharistic processions on Holy Thursday. Sacraments of Initiation are central to the Easter Vigil, secure space near the Paschal Fire and reserved seating for Elect, candidates, team, and sponsors. Design a retreat for Holy Saturday as an immediate preparation for the ceremonies of the Easter vigil. See Retreat Number Three, God Calls You by Name Supplement, pages S-95-97. Elicit a vigorous, unified response of "I do!" to appropriate questions in the meditation. This meditation actually reviews and walks through the basic beliefs expressed in the Creed and in the sacramental life of the Church, while, at the same time, previewing the readings of the Pascal Vigil. This will also prepare them for their responses at Baptism. Try to plan a time during this retreat when your pastor can come to answer any final questions your catechumens may have; he may also at this time administer the Ephphetha rite to the Elect.

Sunday Date Sunday Readings Suggested Topic

April 13, 2014

Passion (Palm) Sunday

Session Date, Time


Mt. 21:1-11 (procession)

Is. 50:4-7

Phil. 2:6-11,

Mt. 26:14-27; 66


Meditation, final preparations

John Ch. 13-17


April 17, 2014

Holy Thursday


Ex. 12:1-8, 11-14

1 Cor. 11:23-26

Jn. 13:1-15


Remain at Mass


April 18, 2014

Good Friday

Is. 52:13-53:12

Heb. 4:14-16; 5:7-9

Jn. 18:1-19:42


Attend Solemn Liturgy


April 19, 2014

Easter Vigil


Gn. 1:1-2:2

Gn. 22:1-18

Ex. 14:15 15:1

Is. 54:5-14

Is. 55:1-11

Bar. 3:9-15; 32-4:4

Ez. 36:16-17a,18-28

Rom. 6:3-11

Mt. 28:1-10


AM: Retreat Number Three, God Calls You by Name Supplement, pages S-95-97.


BAPTISM,

CONFIRMATION

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION


April 20, 2014

Easter Sunday

Acts 10:34a, 37-43

Col. 3:1-4 or 1 Cor.5:6b-8

Jn. 20:1-9 or Mt. 28:1-10

Afternoon: Luke 24:13-35


Full Participation

(optional, strongly encouraged)


Easter and Mystagogia: Pondering the Mystery

The Easter Vigil, during which the Sacraments of Initiation, including Baptism, Confirmation and First Holy Communion are received, is the climax of the entire RCIA Process. Although it may feel like a graduation, it is in reality a commencement, a new beginning. It celebrates a formal setting aside of an old way of life and a ritual public embracing of a new life in Jesus Christ. Full benefits of the graces conferred may not be realized at the moment, but are appreciated through reflection on the experience of having received these sacraments. Mystagogia is, by definition, a time to reflect on the mysteries that have just been experienced. Baptized, confirmed and received members of the Church are called “neophytes,” or literally “new growths.” The full weight of reflecting on the readings of the Church now rest within the didactic sessions, because there is no longer a “Breaking open the Word.” Objectives for the period of Mystagogia include reflection on having experienced the sacraments, completion of teachings on Catholic customs, sacramentals and devotions, designing a plan for continuing Catholic education with suggestions from God Calls You By Name, Part 6 and further development of any instructions requested by neophytes. Incorporate new Christians into the structure of the Church community. This period spans the seven weeks from Easter until Pentecost. If possible, conclude with a special Mass and dinner, or some other formal celebration.

These Sunday Masses during the Easter season are called "the Masses for the neophytes" (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, # 237) during which the neophytes continue to celebrate the mysteries within the heart of the gathered community. Continue sitting in your reserved seats during this time if the sacramental requirements of other groups in the parish permit it.

Sunday Date Sunday Readings Suggested Topic

April 27, 2014

2nd Sun. of Easter

Session Date, Time


Acts 2:42-47

1 Pt. 1:3-9

Jn. 20:19-31


Reflection on the Mysteries

Devotion to Divine Mercy

May 4, 2014

3rd Sun. of Easter

Session Date, Time


Acts 2:14, 22-33

1 Pt. 1:17-21

Lk. 24:13-35


Further Study

GCYBN Ch. 19


May 11, 2014

4th Sun. of Easter

Session Date, Time


Acts 2:14a, 36-41

1 Pt. 2:20b-25

Jn. 10:1-10


Requested Topics


May 18, 2014

5th Sun. of Easter

Session Date, Time


Acts 6:1-7

1 Pt. 2:4-9

Jn. 14:1-12


Ministry, Parish Speakers

Call to Service


May 25, 2014

6th Sun. of Easter

Session Date, Time


Acts 8:5-8, 14-17

1 Pt. 3:15-18

Jn 14:15-21


Church Teachings in contrast to current conventional morality


June 1, 2014

Ascension of the Lord

Session Date, Time

Acts 1:1-11

Eph. 1:17-23

Mt. 28:16-20


Formal Celebration


June 8, 2014

Pentecost Sunday


Acts 2:1-11

1 Cor. 12:3b-7, 12-13

Jn. 20:19-23



Directors, catechists and teams may already be working with a new group of inquirers and catechumens during the spring and summer months, using the “New Beginnings” series of lessons provided at the head of this supplement. Nevertheless, it is important to take time for refreshment, relaxation and spiritual renewal. Planning a realistic summer process that respects the needs of all participants will foster a spiritual growth that is uniquely attuned to the cycles of nature and the summer liturgies. Try to plan one major summer event to which the newly confirmed neophytes and new inquirers and catechumens can come with their families. In the fall, plan to gather with neophytes about once a month for a year, until they are well incorporated into the local parish community.

Remember, you are for each neophyte what the disciples were for the new members in the earliest Christian communities.

 

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