RCIA 330: Mystagogy For Everybody

img_6803I suppose I could have added this to yesterday’s post, but here’s the one-section summary on mystagogy:

330. A period of post-baptismal catechesis or mystagogy should be provided to assist the young neophytes and their companions who have completed their Christian initiation. This period can be arranged by an adaptation of the guidelines given for adults. (RCIA 244-251).

A sure sign that the pastor and parish leadership have failed to discern well with candidates for initiation is of the mystagogy period falls flat. Parents are often willing to jump and jump their kids through hoops to get what they want. If children disappear after Confirmation, it would be a good opportunity for serious soul-searching.

That said, note that mystagogy is expected not only of the newly baptized, but also of the “companions” who have been confirmed or received First Eucharist. How many parishes out there provide this post-sacramental catechesis?

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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