Each year, the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) meets every Tuesday evening starting in October and ending a week after Easter (May or June). Preparing newcomers to enter the church is a joint effort that requires not just the priest, but also a team of enthusiastic parishioners eager to impart the faith as catechists, sponsors or supporters.
What are the qualities of a good Catechist?
You should have a solid grounding in your faith and be willing to share the teachings of the Church faithfully. Having a healthy prayer and spiritual life is also important. Taking the time to attend helpful preparatory courses is recommended.
What are the qualities of a good Sponsor?
A good sponsor is one whom the Associate Pastor deems able to help the candidate through the process. Also, one who is trustworthy, able to maintain confidentiality and can be a good Christian model for the catechumen or candidate.
Do I have to be there every week?
As a catechist, sponsor or supporter, your presence and interaction with the class is important to the growth and understanding of the students. A good attendance rate simply makes you a caring and faithful companion on the faith-journey of the adults.
To become a part of the RCIA team, please contact coordinator Bertilla Watanabe at firstname.lastname@example.org