All sessions will be held on the Cardinal Dearden Porch at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. Participants should provide their own lunch. Course descriptions are listed below. Topic 1—Overview of the RCIA | June 24, 9 am-Noon | Sr. Georgette Zalewska The Catechumenate is not a mere expounding of doctrines and precepts, but a training period in the whole Christian life and an apprenticeship, duly drawn out, during which disciples are joined to Christ – their Teacher. This is the vision of the RCIA given to us in Ad Gentes, #14. In this session, participants will be introduced to all the steps of the RCIA. Topic 2—The Pre-Catechumenate | June 24, 1-4 pm | Cathy Borsh The initiation process begins with the Pre-catechumenate period, also known as the period of inquiry. Persons seeking something more in their lives come with questions and pre-suppositions to explore our communities. Participants are introduced to the concepts of community involvement in the process of initiation and discernment, a listening with ears of faith for the movement of the Spirit in the lives of those who come to us. Topic 3—Catechumenate Session A | July 1, 9 am-Noon | Fr. Marko Djonovic and Sr. Georgette Zalewska The period of the Catechumenate, lasting at least one year, has many tasks, which provide catechumens with suitable pastoral formation and guidance, aimed at training them in the Christian life. In this session, participants will experience a Liturgy of the Word, a dismissal from the community, a dismissal session of reflection on the Word, and a formal catechetical session followed by discussion and questions and answers. Topic 4—Catechumenate Session B | July 1, 1-4 pm | Susan Finley and Sr. Georgette Zalewska The period of the Catechumenate, lasting at least one year, has many tasks, which provide catechumens with suitable pastoral formation and guidance, aimed at training them in the Christian life. Among these are suitable catechesis, providing celebrations of the word and other liturgical rites to enable their prayer life to mature, challenging them to practice love of neighbor, even at the cost of self-renunciation, and teaching them to work actively with others to spread the Gospel. In this session, participants will explore the liturgical rites during the Catechumenate and apprenticing catechumens into discipleship and mission. Topic 5—Purification and Enlightenment | July 8, 9 am-Noon | Wayne Carpenter and Sr. Georgette Zalewska The period of Purification and Enlightenment usually coincides with the season of Lent. For both the elect and the parish community, Lent is a time of spiritual reflection in preparation for the celebration of the Paschal Mystery. The focus for the elect is interior reflection intended to purify their minds and hearts as they search their own consciences and do penance. In this session, participants will learn how to make the whole of Lent an experience of retreat preparing the elect for initiation and the community for their reconciliation in preparation for the Easter Vigil. Topic 6—Mystagogy | July 8, 1-4 pm | Speaker TBA The RCIA describes Mystagogy as a time for the community and the neophytes together to grow in deepening their grasp of the paschal mystery and making it part of their lives through meditation on the Gospel, sharing in the eucharist, and doing the works of charity (#244). In this session, participants will explore the meaning and importance of Mystagogy and of the scriptures of the Easter Season that gradually invite neophytes to appreciate the sacraments they have received and strengthen them as they begin to walk as new members of this parish community. Topic 7—Presiding at the Minor Rites | July 15, 9 am-Noon | Msgr. John Kasza The Church, like a mother, helps the catechumens on their journey of faith by means of suitable liturgical rites, which purify the catechumens little by little and strengthen them with God’s blessing. In the Archdiocese of Detroit, the Archbishop gives certified catechists, who request it, delegation to lead the celebration of the Minor Rites—blessings and exorcisms—during the catechumenate period. In this session, participants will learn how to preside at these rites. Topic 8—Parish as an Initiating Community | July 22, 1-4 pm | Sr. Angela Hibbard The initiation of adults is the responsibility of all the baptized. Therefore, throughout the initiation process, the entire community must help those who are searching for Christ. This is a tall order. In this session, participants will explore each of the periods of the RCIA and the opportunities offered for the ministry of the community. Topic 9—Canon Law for RCIA Teams | July 22, 9:15 am-12:15 pm | Msgr. Ronald Browne It is important for all who work with the RCIA to have a clear understanding of certain areas of Canon Law. These laws seek to promote unity, order, and the common good. In this session, participants will explore those laws that affect the privileges and duties of catechumens and candidates.