Seeking the Living God

Resources for RCIA teams

The rite of Christian initiation presented here is designed for adults who, after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. By God’s help they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and at the proper time will receive the sacraments fruitfully. [RCIA 1]

Members of the RCIA Network having been working on a series of study material for parish RCIA teams. The intention is to deepen a team’s knowledge of the Rite and to develop good practice. The material uses a consistent process based on scripture and Church documents. It is hoped to provide a comprehensive resource that covers many aspects of the Rite and parish practice. Though each of the sessions can be used individually it would also be possible to create more sustained formation by exploring a number of sessions.

Seeking the Living God has been developed by practitioners but we would welcome feedback on how people have used them, what they found useful and if they have any suggestions for improvement.

Introductory Notes

The notes provide a background to the whole resource and information for leaders about the sessions.


For each session there is:

  • Participants’ copy
  • Leader’s copy — this incorporates material to help the leader prepare and lead the session.
  • Prior Reading — if desired, a separate sheet with quotations to help people prepare for the session. This material is also included in the Leader’s and Participants’ copies.
  1. General
    1. What is RCIA? An Overview
    2. Exploring the differences between periods
    3. The Purpose of Catechesis
    4. The Place of Catechesis in RCIA
    5. The Place of Liturgy in RCIA
    6. A6 Place of Scripture (pdf)
    7. The Place of Prayer in RCIA
    8. Discernment in RCIA
  2. Pre-Catechumenate and Evangelisation
  3. Catechumenate
    1. Catechumenate: an Overview
    2. The Four Dynamics of the Catechumenate
      1. Catechetical foundations
      2. Integration into the Community
      3. Growing in Liturgy
      4. Developing Social Justice
    3. Catechumenate and the Liturgical Year
    4. Liturgical Catechesis
    5. Prayer in the Catechumenate
    6. C6 Catechesis using the Lectionary (pdf)
    7. Liturgies with the Catechumenate
    8. Discernment: during the Catechumenate
    9. Discernment: prior to the Rite of Election
    10. Accompanying the Journey with Catechumens
    11. Dismissal Catechesis
    12. Year-long Catechumenate
    13. Rite of Election
  4. Period of Purification & Enlightenment
    1. D1 Period of Purification and Enlightenment (pdf)
  5. Sacraments of Initiation
  6. Mystagogy
    1. F1 Period of Mystagogy or Post-Baptismal Catechesis (pdf)
  7. Roles in RCIA
    1. The role of the Community
    2. The Liturgical Assembly
    3. The role of the Team
    4. The ministry of the Sponsor
  8. Adaptation of RCIA
    1. Christian Initiation of Children of Catechetical Age
    2. Reception of the Baptised
    3. Evaluating and Using Resources