RCIA Network of England & Wales

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RCIA-col-sm eNewsletter – June 2013

Believing & celebrating, living & praying
It is not long before we embark as on a month of RCIA-related events with Paul Turner with events both North and South (see last newsletter for details of Southern Conferences). Our National Network Conference is less than a month away. As noted below there are still some places left so if you were thinking of coming – get your booking form in!
The Conference will be a great opportunity to explore what is at the heart of RCIA – faith. Faith which cannot be contained in a book but fundamentally is about a person, Jesus, and the life-changing encounter with him. Faith can therefore be described by a series of verbs: believing & celebrating, living & praying.

News & Events
Faith: believed, celebrated, live & prayed
RCIA Network Conference 2013, 2-4 July 2013, Manchester
There are still some places left at the Conference. Booking closes on Monday 17 June
If you have already booked we will be sending out directions, timetable and other information next week.
Paul Turner Book Clergy Days
Manchester & Ampleforth
The Northern RCIA Network has organised two days looking at the ministry of the Priest in RCIA with Paul Turner. Those who attended one of Paul Turner’s Missal presentations will know that he not only very knowledgable but also brings a pastoral practical approach which comes from being a parish priest. Why not persuade your priest to attend – treat him to an away day! Further details can be found on the website – click on the title to access it.
Northern RCIA Network — Clergy Days
Friday, 12 July 2013 — St Bernadette’s, Whitefield, Manchester
Friday, 19 July 2013 — Ampleforth Abbey (Postgate Room)
Giving Thanks
Walking the Rite Way – RCIA Network Blog
A recent post on the Network blog considers on the role of the Holy Spirit in what we do and invites our reflection so that we can be inspired – or ‘in-spirited’ in the future.

Food for the Journey – Resources & Ideas
This section is an opportunity to share good practice. If you have ideas you would like to share we would love to hear them. Please send an email to Martin Foster – address below.

Becoming a Catholic

A recent project of the Executive has been a separate section of the website on Becoming a Catholic. It was partly inspired by people linking to the Network website when referring to Initiation as a way of becoming a Catholic and recognising that the website was aimed at practitioners rather than potential enquirers. The Executive also thought that there was a need to provide a place where those who are interested can find some accurate information as well as ideas of some first steps. We have used stepping stones across water as a visual metaphor for these first steps and have also tried to make not too jargon heavy – always a challenge when talking about initiation! We would welcome members comments and ideas on the pages.
Most of all we hope that it is a service for people to use. Not every parish can run all-year round or cope with the enquirer who turns up in May – but we hope that you might be able to share the website with them and then perhaps offer to keep in contact until they are ready to begin.

Question for Reflection
With each issue of the Newsletter we would like to invite to share your experience and insights from your own situation. To open the discussion each time there will be a question which might like to share with others in your parish team. There will also be a link to the Network blog and space for you to contribute your thoughts and ideas.
What refreshes you in your ministry?

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