About This Resource

Welcome parish RCIA leaders and coordinators.  Using online tools, we support you in the doctrinal formation of your catechumens and candidates.

Setting the foundation for life-long conversion.

RCIACentral.com provides you with resources for an entire initiation process.  In addition to session outlines for inquiry, purification and mystagogia, it includes online video sessions for over nine-months of catechetical instruction, lenten purification and mystagogical catechesis.  Each session includes handouts for the participants and questions designed to help them follow Christ more deeply.  Instructor materials include presentation slides in both powerpoint and Apple Keynote.  Support materials are included for you and your sponsors.

Using field-tested resources.

All RCIACentral.com resources have been used in actual RCIA settings.  The videos are taken from an actual RCIA process, with real-life catechumens and candidates in attendance.  You can use the videos for supplementing your process and delivering the content.  The curriculum is flexible, so you can use at as you see best for your participants.  It allows you to insure a complete and systematic overview of the teachings of the Church, rooted in Scripture, all the while calling participants to respond in holiness.

Making your life as a coordinator a little easier.

RCIACentral.com helps you to:

– Learn the essential programatic and doctrinal points in process.

– Provide participants with a easy way to keep up  when they miss a session.

– To reach participants who cannot attend RCIA on the days your sessions are held.

– Have options for those who do not need a full process, such as previously catechized candidates.


Included with RCIACentral.com membership is the following:

Inquiry

-16 Reflections based on St. Mark’s Gospel

-Meeting Outline

-Giving a Testimony

-Participant Assessment Forms


Catechumenate

-Online Video for every session

-Session Outlines

-Editable Powerpoint and Apple Keynote slides

-Session Support Material

‣Participant Worksheets

‣Small group questions

‣Prayer Suggestions

‣Links to Saint biographies

‣Sponsor support

-Participant Assessment Forms

-Weekly Scripture Reflections for Dismissal – Sample


Purification and Enlightenment

-Session Outlines

-Suggested Additional Resources


Mystagogia

-Session Outlines – Sample

-Suggested Additional Resources


Please note you will need to be able to open pdf and Word files to access our resources


A Schedule 2021-2022

Sessions  are every Sunday morning from 9:00am – 10:45am, unless otherwise indicated. 


2021

September 12        Catechumenate Orientation/Session 1: Our Desire for God            

September 19        Sponsor Orientation/Session 2: Creation

Rite of Acceptance (Catechumens), Dismissal begins

September 26        Session 3: The Fall and Original Sin

Rite of Welcoming (Candidates for Full Reception)

October 3:        Session 4:  Noah - Prefigurement of Baptism

October 10:        Session 5:  Abraham and the Sacrifice of Isaac

October 17:        Session 6:  Moses and the Passover

October 24:        Session 7:  Life of Christ Part 1 – Jesus’ Infancy

Prayers Over the Catechumens (Catechumens)

October 31:        Session 8:  Life of Christ Part 2 – Jesus’ Parables and Teachings

November 7:        Session 9:  Life of Christ Part 3 – Jesus’ Healings and Miracles

November 14:        Session 10:  Life of Christ Part 4 – Jesus’ Passion and Death

November 21:        Session 11:  Life of Christ Part 5 – Jesus’ Resurrection

November 28:        No Session - Thanksgiving

December 5:        Session 12:  The Trinity

December 12:        Session 13:  Jesus Christ – True God and True Man

December 19:        Session 14:  The Church – The Four Marks

Blessing of the Catechumens (Catechumens)

December 26:        No Session: Christmas Break


2022

January 2:        No Session: Christmas Break

January 9:        Session 15:  Mary – Key Dogmas

Call to Continuing Conversion (Candidates for Full Reception)

Rite of Continuing Conversion (Candidates for Full Reception)

January 16:        No Session - Martin Luther King Weekend

January 23:        Session 16:  The Last Things

January 30:        Session 17:  Baptism and Confirmation

February 6:        Session 18:  The Eucharist 

February 13:        Session 19:  Penance and Anointing of the Sick


February 20:        Session 20:  Matrimony/Presidents’ Weekend

February 27:        Session 21: Life in Christ            

Anointing of Catechumens (Catechumens)    

March 2:        Ash Wednesday Liturgy (TBD)

March 6:        Session 1: Holiness

Rite of Sending (Catechumens)

Rite of Election (Catechumens)

March 13:        Session 2: Prayer from the Heart

Penitential Rite (Candidates for Full Reception), 

March 20:        Session 3: The Battle of Prayer/ Temperaments

Presentation of the Creed (Catechumens)

First Scrutiny (Catechumens)

March 27:        Session 4:  The Our Father Part 1/Ordering our Will

Second Scrutiny (Catechumens)

April 3:            Session 5:  The Our Father Part 2/Trust

Presentation of the Our Father (Catechumens)

Third Scrutiny (Catechumens)

April 10:        Palm Sunday/Session 6:  Meditation on Divine Mercy

Thursday, April 14:    Holy Thursday Liturgy 

Friday, April 15:        Good Friday Liturgy 

Saturday, April 16:    Easter Saturday Rites

Easter Vigil and the Sacraments of Initiation - Saturday, April 16


Mystagogia

April 24:        Session 1: The Easter Vigil Recap/The Paschal Mystery

May 1:            Session 2: Rite of Baptism/Rite of Confirmation

May 8:            No Session – Mother’s Day

May 15:            Session 3: The Mass: Order of Worship; The Liturgical Year    

                            Session 4: Becoming a Member of the Parish/Fruitful Discipleship (Claire Dwyer)            

May 22:             Session 5: Evangelizing and Spreading the Gospel

Institute Director

Eric Westby, Phd

Eric J. Westby, PhD is the Director of the Institute of Catholic Theology in Phoenix, Arizona. He is also the Director of Parish and School Catechesis at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish. He is an assistant professor of Theology for Franciscan University of Steubenville. He received his doctorate from Liverpool Hope University, with his thesis entitled "Equipping the Catechist of Catechists: A Critical Discussion of Seminary Formation in Light of Priestly Ministry in Catechesis." He holds a Masters of Arts degree in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University in Steubenville, from where he was the first student to complete the graduate specialization in catechetics. He holds a Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies from the Center for Ministry Development, and has been involved in full-time catechesis since 1988. He is a regular presenter at the summer St. John Bosco Catechetical Conference at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He has published youth ministry materials through YOU! Press and is the founder of ymcentral.com and rciacentral.com. More importantly, he is husband to Nikki and father of five beautiful girls.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the RCIA Leaders Supplement 2021-2022

    • About

    • Zoom Link

  • 2

    Inquiry Sessions

    • Inquiry Meeting Outline

    • Inquiry Reflections

    • Giving a Testimony

    • Interview Sheet before Starting Catechumenate

  • 3

    Orientation to the Catechumenate

    • Online Resources - Catechism, Bible, Saints

    • Orientation - Video

    • Catechumenate Orientation - Handout

    • RCIA Schedule 2021-2022

  • 4

    Sponsor Resources

    • Monthly Interview Sheets - Word Versions

    • Monthly Interview Sheet - October 2017

    • Monthly Interview Sheet - November 2017

    • Monthly Interview Sheet - December 2017

    • Monthly Interview Sheet - January 2018

    • Monthly Interview Sheet - February 2018

  • 5

    Catechumenate Session 1 - Our Desire for God

    • Session 1 - Worksheet

    • Session 1 - Catechism References

    • Session 1 - Video

    • Session 1 - Slides

    • Session 1 - Peter Kreeft/God vs. Atheism

    • Session 1 Featured Saint - St. Augustine of Hippo

    • For Catechists: Session 1 – Session Outline

    • For Catechists: Session 1 - Downloadable Slide Presentations

  • 6

    Supplemental Session 1B - God's Revelation

    • Session 2 - Worksheet

    • Session 1B - Chart/Catholic Understanding of Divine Revelation

    • Session 1B - Handout/What Scripture says about Scripture, Tradition and the Magisterium

    • Session 1B - Catechism References

    • Session 1B - Video

    • Session 1B - Slides

    • Session 1B Featured Saint - St. Thomas Aquinas

    • For Catechists: Session 1B – Session Outline

    • For Catechists: Session 1B - Downloadable Slide Presentations

  • 7

    Supplemental Session - Faith

    • Session 3 - Worksheet

    • Session 3 - Catechism References

    • Session 3 - Video

    • Session 3 - Slides

    • Session 3 Featured Saint - St. Thomas the Apostle

    • For Catechists: Session 3 – Session Outline

    • For Catechists: Session 3 - Downloadable Slide Presentations

  • 8

    Supplemental Session - Trinity/Covenants

    • Session 4 - Trinity Worksheet

    • Session 4 - Catechism References

    • Session 4 - Trinity Video

    • Session 4 - Trinity Slides

    • Session 4 - Covenants Overview Chart

    • Session 4 - Covenants Video

    • Session 4 - Covenants Overview Slides

    • Session 4 - Bishop Robert Barron/Trinity

    • Session 4 Featured Saints - St. Athanasius/St. Jerome

    • For Catechists: Session 4 – Session Outline

    • For Catechists: Session 4 - Downloadable Slide Presentations

  • 9

    Catechumenate Session 2 - Creation

    • Session 5 - Worksheet

    • Session 5 - Scripture Passages

    • Session 5 - Video Part 1

    • Session 5 - Video Part 2

    • Session 5 - Slides

    • Session 5 - Bishop Robert Barron/Misreading Genesis

    • Session 5 - For Further Reading

    • For Catechists: Session 5 – Session Outline

    • For Catechists: Session 5 - Downloadable Slide Presentations

  • 10

    Supplemental Session - Creation in the Catechism

    • Session 6 - Worksheet

    • Session 6 - Catechism References

    • Session 6 - Video

    • Session 6 - Slides

    • Session 6 Featured Saint - St. Francis of Assisi

    • For Catechists: Session 6 – Session Outline

    • For Catechists: Session 6 - Downloadable Slide Presentations

  • 11

    Supplemental Session - Man, Made in God's Image

    • Session 7 - Worksheet

    • Session 7 - Catechism References

    • Session 7 - Video

    • Session 7 - Slides

    • Session 7 Featured Saint - St. (Mother) Teresa of Calcutta

    • For Catechists: Session 7 – Session Outline

    • For Catechists: Session 7 - Downloadable Slide Presentations

  • 12

    Catechumenate Session 3 - The Fall in Scripture

    • Session 8 - Worksheet

    • Session 8 - Scripture Passages

    • Session 8 - Video Part 1

    • Session 8 - Video Part 2

    • Session 8 - Slides

    • For Catechists: Session 8 – Session Outline

    • For Catechists: Session 8 - Downloadable Slide Presentations

  • 13

    Supplemental Session - Original Sin

    • Session 9 - Worksheet

    • Session 9 - Catechism References

    • Session 9 - Video

    • Session 9 - Slides

    • Session 9 Featured Saint - St. Paul

    • For Catechists: Session 9 – Session Outline

    • For Catechists: Session 9 - Downloadable Slide Presentations

  • 14

    Catechumenate Session 4 - Noah

    • Session 10 - Worksheet

    • Session 10 - Scripture Passages

    • Session 10 - Video

    • Session 10 - Slides

    • For Catechists: Session 10 – Session Outline

    • For Catechists: Session 10 - Downloadable Slide Presentations

  • 15

    Catechumenate Session 5 - Abraham

    • Session 11 - Worksheet

    • Session 11 - Scripture Passages

    • Session 11 - Video Part 1

    • Session 11 - Video Part 2

    • Session 11 - Slides

    • For Catechists: Session 11 – Session Outline

    • For Catechists: Session 11 - Downloadable Slide Presentations

  • 16

    Catechumenate Session 6 - Moses and the Passover

    • Session 12 - Worksheet

    • Session 12 - Scripture Passages

    • Session 12 - Video Part 1

    • Session 12 - Video Part 2

    • Session 12 - Slides

    • For Catechists: Session 12 – Session Outline

    • For Catechists: Session 12 - Downloadable Slide Presentations

  • 17

    Supplemental Session - Moses and Mt. Sinai

    • Session 13 - Worksheet

    • Session 13 - Scripture Passages

    • Session 13 - Video

    • Session 13 - Slides

    • For Catechists: Session 13 – Session Outline

    • For Catechists: Session 13 - Downloadable Slide Presentations

  • 18

    Supplemental Session - Old Testament Wrap-up

    • Session 14 - Slides

    • Session 14 - Video

  • 19

    Catechumenate Session 7 - Jesus' Infancy

    • Session 15 - Worksheet

    • Session 15 - Scripture Passages

    • Session 15 - Video

    • Session 15 - Slides

    • For Catechists: Session 15 – Session Outline

    • For Catechists: Session 15 - Downloadable Slide Presentations

  • 20

    Catechumenate Session 8 - Jesus' Ministry Begins

    • Session 16 - Worksheet

    • Session 16 - Scripture Passages

    • Session 16 - Video Part 1

    • Session 16 - Video Part 2

    • Session 16 - Slides

    • For Catechists: Session 16 - Downloadable Slide Presentations

  • 21

    Catechumenate Session 9 - Jesus' Ministry: Healings and Miracles

    • Session 17 - Worksheet

    • Session 17 - Scripture Passages

    • Session 17 - Video Part 1

    • Session 17 - Video Part 2

    • Session 17 - Slides

    • For Catechists: Session 17 – Session Outline

    • For Catechists: Session 17 - Downloadable Slide Presentations

  • 22

    Catechumenate Session 10 - Jesus' Passion and Death

    • Session 18 - Worksheet

    • Session 18 - Scripture Passages

    • Session 18 - Video Part 1

    • Session 18 - Video Part 2

    • Session 18 - Video Part 3

    • Session 18 - Slides

    • For Catechists: Session 18 – Session Outline

    • For Catechists: Session 18 - Downloadable Slide Presentations

  • 23

    Catechumenate Session 11 - Jesus' Resurrection

    • Session 19 - Worksheet

    • Session 19 - Scripture Passages

    • Session 19 - Video

    • Session 19 - Slides

    • For Catechists: Session 19 – Session Outline

    • For Catechists: Session 19 – Downloadable Slide Presentations

  • 24

    Catechumenate Session 13 - Jesus

    • Session 20 - Worksheet

    • Session 20 - Catechism References

    • Session 20 - Video

    • Session 20 - Slides

    • Session 20 Featured Saint - The Blessed Virgin Mary

    • For Catechists: Session 20 - Session Outline

    • For Catechists: Session 20 - Downloadable Slide Presentations

  • 25

    Catechumenate Session 14 - The Church

    • Session 21 - Worksheet

    • Session 21 - Catechism References

    • Session 21 - Video Part 1

    • Session 21 - Video Part 2

    • Session 21 - Slides

    • Session 21 Featured Saint - St. Catherine of Siena

    • For Catechists: Session 21 - Session Outline

    • For Catechists: Session 21 - Downloadable Slide Presentations

  • 26

    Catechumenate Session 15 - Mary

    • Session 22 - Worksheet

    • Session 22 - Catechism References

    • Session 22 - Miravalle Reading Excerpt

    • Session 22 - Answering Objectives Sheet

    • Session 22 - Video

    • Session 22 - Slides

    • Session 22 Featured Saint - St. Maximilian Kolbe

    • For Catechists: Session 22 - Session Outline

    • For Catechists: Session 22 - Downloadable Slide Presentations

  • 27

    Catechumenate Session 16 - The Last Things

    • Session 23 - Worksheet

    • Session 23 - Catechism References

    • Session 23 - Video

    • Session 23 - Slides

    • Session 23 Featured Saint - St. Faustina

    • For Catechists: Session 23 - Session Outline

    • For Catechists: Session 23 - Downloadable Slide Presentations

  • 28

    Supplemental Session - Liturgy and Sacraments

    • Session 24 - Worksheet

    • Session 24 - Catechism References

    • Session 24 - Video

    • Session 24 - Slides

    • Session 24 Featured Saint - Blessed Pope John XXIII

    • For Catechists: Session 24 - Session Outline

    • For Catechists: Session 24 - Downloadable Slide Presentations

  • 29

    Catechumenate Session 17 - Baptism and Confirmation

    • Session 25 - Worksheet

    • Session 25 - Sacraments Chart Blank

    • Session 25 - Catechism References

    • Session 25 - Video 1 Baptism

    • Session 25 - Video 2 Confirmation

    • Session 25 - Slides

    • Session 25 Featured Saint - St. Bonaventure

    • For Catechists: Session 25 - Session Outline

    • For Catechists: Session 25 - Downloadable Slide Presentations

  • 30

    Catechumenate Session 18 - The Eucharist

    • Session 26 - Worksheet

    • Session 26 - The Eucharist

    • Session 26 - Video

    • Session 26 - Slides

    • Session 26 Featured Saint - St. Pio

    • For Catechists: Session 26 - Session Outline

    • For Catechists: Session 26 - Downloadable Slide Presentations

  • 31

    Catechumenate Session 19 - Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick

    • Session 27 - Worksheet

    • Session 27 - Catechism References

    • Session 27 - Video 1 Confession

    • Session 27 - Video 2 Anointing of the Sick

    • Session 27 - Slides

    • Session 27 Featured Saint - St. Alphonsus Ligouri

    • For Catechists: Session 27 - Session Outline

    • For Catechists: Session 27 - Downloadable Slide Presentations

  • 32

    Supplemental Session - Holy Orders

    • Session 28 - Worksheet

    • Session 28 - Catechism References

    • Session 28 - Video

    • Session 28 - Slides

    • Session 28 Featured Saint - St. John Vianney

    • For Catechists: Session 28 - Session Outline

    • For Catechists: Session 28 - Downloadable Slide Presentations

  • 33

    Catechumenate Session 20 - Matrimony

    • Session 29 - Worksheet

    • Session 29 - Catechism References

    • Session 29 - Video Part 1

    • Session 29 - Video Part 2

    • Session 29 Video Part 3

    • Session 29 - Slides

    • Session 29 Featured Saints - Saints Louis and Zelie Martin

    • For Catechists: Session 29 - Session Outline

    • For Catechists: Session 29 - Downloadable Slide Presentations

  • 34

    Catechumenate Session 21 - Living the Life in Christ

    • Session 30 - Worksheet

    • Session 30 - Catechism References

    • Session 30 Video

    • Session 30 - Slides

    • Session 30 Featured Saint - Pope St. John Paul II

    • For Catechists: Session 30 - Session Outline

    • For Catechists: Session 30 - Downloadable Slide Presentations

  • 35

    Supplemental Session - Love the Lord

    • Session 31 - Worksheet

    • Session 31 - Catechism References

    • Session 31 - Video

    • Session 31 Featured Saint - St. Gianna Molla

    • For Catechists: Session 31-32 - Downloadable Slide Presentations

  • 36

    Supplemental Session - Love Your Neighbour

    • Session 32 - Worksheet

    • Session 32 - Catechism References

    • Session 32 - Video

    • Session 32 Featured Saint - St. Thomas More

    • Catechetical Assessment - PDF

    • Catechetical Assessment - Word

  • 37

    Purification Session 1 - Holiness

    • Handout

    • Scripture Passages for Reflection

    • Video - Holiness

    • Video Therese on Prayer

    • For Catechists - Purification Session 1 Outline

    • For Catechists - Downloadable Slide Presentations

    • How to Pray the Rosary

  • 38

    Purification Session 2 - Prayer from the Heart

    • Handout

    • Scripture Passages for Reflection

    • Video 1 - Prayer from the Heart

    • Video 2 - St Therese's Little Way

    • For Catechists - Purification Session 2 Outline

    • For Catechists - Downloadable Slide Presentations

  • 39

    Purification Session 3 - The Battle of Prayer/Temperaments

    • Handout

    • Scripture Passages for Reflection

    • Video 1 - The Battle of Prayer

    • Video 2 - St. Therese on God's Merciful Love

    • For Catechists - Purification Session 3 Outline

    • For Catechists - Downloadable Slide Presentations

  • 40

    Purification Session 4 - Our Father Part 1/Ordering our Will

    • Handout

    • Scripture Passages for Reflection

    • Handout - Our Father Part 1

    • Video - Our Father Part 1

    • Reading - Heart of Love

    • Video - St. Theresa on Mary

    • For Catechists - Purification Session 4 Outline

    • For Catechists - Downloadable Slide Presentations

  • 41

    Purification Session 5 - Our Father Part 2/Trust

    • Handout

    • Scripture Passages for Reflection

    • Handout - Our Father Part 2

    • Video - Our Father Part 2

    • Reading - Heart of Love Except

    • Video - St. Theresa on Missions

    • Handout - Holy Week Readings

    • For Catechists - Purification Session 5 Outline

    • For Catechists - Downloadable Slide Presentations

    • Catechetical Assessment - Answers

    • Divine Mercy Chaplet and Novena

  • 42

    Mystagogia Session 1 - The Paschal Mystery

    • Video - The Easter Exsultet

    • Text - The Easter Exsultet

    • For Catechists - Mystagogia Session 1

    • Overview of the Easter Vigil

  • 43

    Mystagogia 2 - Baptism and Confirmation

    • Video

    • Easter Vigil - Baptism and Confirmation Liturgy

    • For Catechists - Mystagogia Session 2

  • 44

    Mystagogia 3 - The Mass and the Liturgical Year

    • Video

    • Order of Mass

    • Liturgical Year

    • For Catechists - Mystagogia Session 3

  • 45

    Mystagogia 4 - Becoming a Member of the Parish/Fruitful Discipleship

    • Video

    • For Catechists - Mystagogia Session 5

  • 46

    Mystagogia 5 - Spreading and Defending the Faith

    • Video

    • Session 04 - Important Prayers

    • Session 04 - Works of Mercy and Precepts

    • Session 04 – Sharing Your Testimony 04-2018

    • Novena to the Holy Spirit

    • For Catechists - Mystagogia Session 4a

    • For Catechists - Mystagogia Session 4b