Verbum Domini Biblical & Catechetical Institute: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Basic Course 2017 Program

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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Basic Course 2017 Program

Module Descriptions
The modules will be presented in the Murphy Room at the Catholic Diocesan Centre, 35 Tower Road, New Town (Hobart).

Introducing RCIA
The Second Vatican Council restored the ancient catechumenate for adults – which we now call the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (or RCIA) – as the primary way to facilitate conversion to Christ and to prepare adults for entrance into the Church. This module introduces students to the understanding of the catechumenate by which a person wishing to become a Catholic Christian enters a process of formation in the Christian life. Students will gain an introductory overview of the liturgical, pastoral, and catechetical dimensions of the RCIA.

Catechising with Scripture & the Pedagogy of God
This module introduces students to the Scriptural roots of catechesis. In essence the module provides students with a methodological framework for catechising catechumens and neophytes by highlighting the Scriptural foundations for Catholic doctrine. Students will discover within Scripture God’s own pedagogy through which He progressively reveals Himself to human beings and fully in His Son, Jesus Christ. Students will reflect upon key passages in Scripture which form the essential driving forces for central teachings (“the deposit of faith”) of the Church.

Catechumenal Process
The catechumenal process involves the conversion and spiritual journey of a person (catechumen) who desires to enter into the full life of the Catholic Church. This module aims to break open the various dimensions of the catechumenal process for students to highlight the important role which the catechist plays in helping the catechumen travel along this path. The catechist’s role includes the proclamation of the Gospel and the call to initial and ongoing conversion to the Person of Jesus Christ. As catechumens draw closer to baptism, the catechist helps them to purify their motives for baptism and to amend their lives in order that they may live the Christian moral and spiritual life in all its dimensions.

Neophytes & Mystagogy
After Baptism, the newly baptised person – or “neophyte” – enters into a phase of catechetical formation called “mystagogy.” This module introduces the student to the Church’s tradition of mystagogical instruction on the sacraments of the Church. Students will study the lectionary readings following Easter to see how the Church provides the opportunity for such instruction. Students will also be introduced to some of the early Church Fathers who gave mystagogical catecheses to their parishioners.

Verbum Domini Biblical and Catechetical Institute

Semester Module number

Module Topic

Hobart Dates
(evenings 6.30-9 pm)

 

1

1 Introducing RCIA 21 and 28 February
2 Catechising with Scripture & the Pedagogy of God 28 March and 4 April
3 Catechumenal Process 2 and 9 May
4 Neophytes & Mystagogy 6 and 13 June

Each module is broken into two parts (part 1 on one night, part 2 the following week).

The modules will be presented in the Murphy Room at the Catholic Diocesan Centre, 35 Tower Road, New Town (Hobart).

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