Keeping current is the challenge of every catechist, parent and teacher. Every so often, we need to put aside the lesson plans and workshop notes and start from scratch. It’s so easy to keep saying the same old thing over and over again. It takes time to refresh our delivery of the message.
The effort it takes to do this, however, helps keep the Good News fresh, current and ever-living for our students and ourselves. Start by devoting some of your summertime to reading and research. I suggest that you look at what you teach and where your knowledge is sketchy. Perhaps you need to bone up on liturgy with the changes in the Roman Missal
coming in Advent. Maybe Scripture has never been a strength for you. It might just be that there is an area of your faith that excites you and which you want to share with your students. Before you procrastinate your way into September, choose one topic and devote a little time this summer to “R&R”—that’s reading and research.PLANNING AHEAD?
As you anticipate welcoming your next group of RCIA participants, take another look at Come and See
. It’s been updated
with new Catholic Updates
to make it easier to coordinate session topics with the Sunday readings. It now offers a proposed format for an RCIA session, an outline for a retreat, a glossary of key terms and tab dividers to help you get and stay organized. We think you’ll find it more user-friendly—as a main or ancillary resource for RCIA. Look for this sixth edition in August