GMD 41: Sweet Gifts

Go and Make Disciples gives a nod to RCIA in this section.

Yet if we have once seen the joy of those received into the Church at Easter, if we have ever experienced the growth of those going through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, if we have ever seen someone thrilled with the Gospel for the first time in his or her life, we know that this is, in truth, one of the sweetest gifts of the Spirit.

The ministry of RCIA is not confined to a staff member or to a team. The GMD plan foresees a time when all Catholics will reach out to those who do not go to church. It acknowledges this is very difficult.

In recent years, it has been made harder by bishops’ scandals, papal pronouncements, and such. Dominus Iesus (2000) was a down year for RCIA in many places as was 2007. Last year my staff colleagues interviewed twenty-five potential Catholics, and none decided for the Rite of Acceptance. A combination of world and local factors affect this ministry, and sometimes not for the better.

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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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