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Posted on 05/31/2006 7:26:49 AM PDT by Juana la Loca
I was hoping some of my fellow Catholic Freepers could provide me with some direction. I attend a small parish in NE GA. The RCIA director has announced that he is retiring from his post, and they have asked me to take his place. I have been scouring the Internet for RCIA lesson plans and course outlines, but haven't found anything all that stellar.
Does anyone have any suggestions or resources that they could recommend to help me plan an orthodox Catholic RCIA curriculum?
Sounds great, Mrs. Tax. You opinion is highly valued. I just wish this would catch on more at the Diocesan level. But then, either the DREs are in total control or the Bishops want children to use that dreadful series out of New England, I believe. Can't recall the company but it has beautiful art and little religous ed.
LOL! I've seen that on lots of churches already! I think our parish is having "Arctic Adventure," or something like that. Must be from a competing Protestant publisher :-).
We haven't participated in VBS for a number of years. The children for whom it's age-appropriate have Scouts day camps, and I'm happy to skip a week of driving to and fro.
Our Bishop is very good, as far as I've seen. He doesn't seem to have much involvement in RE at the parish level. My pastor is also the Diocesan Vicar for Education, and he's theologically sound, but old.
Our DRE is a good woman and a good Catholic. I think she does a great job, under the constraints of the position, which includes totally inadequate facilities. My 5th grade class this past year, which at one point included *14 boys*, met in the parish conference room. It was very difficult, especially when I was enormously pregnant and took up a good part of the room :-).
You did 5th grade RE? Amazing. So did I!
But I'm moving this fall and have to give it up. I'll miss it.
Maybe you can be a replacement when you get settled in your new parish. Parishes often lose teachers during the year ... moves, babies, illness, schedule crises.
The 5th grade was fun, in spite of the crowding. It was funny how they reacted to the baby: "You're older than my mom, and you have a BABY!"
I'm teaching 5th grade on a different night (we have classes Mon-Weds) next year, so maybe I'll get a smaller class and a better room.
I had a tiny class this year (we have two different classes for some of the grades.) But the second grade class was really full.
When I get settled down, I hope to get really involved with my new parish.
I am surely going to miss the parish where I am at. We just got our new church opened. Beautiful. The crucifix has a 5 foot corpus! The tabernacle, against the wall behind the altar is large and gorgeous. The altar is handsome and contains a relic of the Cure of Ars, which I just found out about. St. John Vianney is one of my favorite saints. Our old chapel, which was supposed to be temporary, had chairs and no kneelers, but was carpeted, and we kneeled on the floor. It's so nice to have kneelers and pews. There is the most beautiful statue of St. Joseph and the child Jesus there and a lovely statue of Our Lady of Grace.
It's a great example of how one can build a devout church with modern materials. I am going to take my digital camera there soon and take some pictures.
I will miss this and our pastor, who is conservative, young, witty, and an excellent teacher a lot.
He put a no liturgical dance logo on the parish's webpage:
website needs to be updated, but it has pictures of the construction of the church.
Where are you moving to, KAC?
Boise, ID. We will be in the parish of Our Lady of the Rosary.
God bless on your move. I hope that it'll be a fresh start for you and your family.
Second grade is always full! I don't have one in 2nd grade this year :-).
I would be remiss if I didn't bring up this great series. I heard about it in the Wanderer years ago and ordered the 4-book set on "Catholicism." The one I have read completely is on "Catholicism and Ethics" which is excellent. I am itching to read the others as well. The books are very reasonable in price and are totally faitful to the Magisterium. I particularly liked the Ethics text which had an R.N. as an advisor.
What did The Wanderer have to say about these books, do you remember?
Life's great dichotomy: diapers or books?
The Wanderer ran an ad for the books and I happened to be looking for something orthodox to compare to other texts. The books are written for a high school student to adult, I should think, and the precepts of the Church are clearly delineated. The main author, Drummey, is the Editor who fields Catholic Answers in the Wanderer. His column is usually on the third page if I am not mistaken. He has struck me as knowledgeable and if he doesn't know an answer, he asks for help which he publishes quickly. I think two of the books available are, in fact, his Answers to Questions. In that case, his books would be similar to Fr. Trijilio's book and those on the Catholic Answers website by Karl Keating.
BTW: diapers at this point in your life, Mrs. T-C!!!
I'll keep those books on my list for when we reach the point of having read everything else in the house! Anoreth was given several good books by a FRiend for a Confirmation present, and we'll both take most of the summer to get through them.
I suggest you use the new Comprendium of the Catechism. To go deeper you can go to the Catechism itself.
I teach RCIA, but not in the way you describe. You might want to pick up a copy of the US Catholic Catechism for Adults. If you have any questions I can help with, I would be happy to.
The "RCIA ship" seems to be slowly righting itself. The parish where I went through RCIA has totally re-vamped the entire process with MUCH more relevant content. They basically pitched the "canned" RCIA program, and "rolled their own" based on true Catholic teaching.
I prefer the more universal "Catechism for the Catholic Church" over the "US Catholic Catechism for Adults". I'm of the opinion that the USCCA is still a bit "mushy" by comparison, while the CFCC is a masterpiece of clarity.