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This list of resources was prepared by group looking at RCIC (see report in November 2005 Newsletter) but it provides a broad overview of material. If you would like to recommend a book for inclusion contact the Webmaster.


Sacrosanctum Concilium
(Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy), 1963
General Catechetical Directory
Congregation for the Clergy, 1971
Catechesi Tradendae
(Catechesis in Our Time) John Paul II, 1979
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, 1988
General Directory for Catechesis
Congregation for the Clergy, 1997
The General Directory for Catechesis in Plain English
Bill Huebsch, Twenty Third Publications, 2001
On the Threshold
Bishops’ Conference Working Party on Sacramental Initiation, 2000
The Priority of Adult Formation,
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales, 2000

General Books Catechesis, Sacraments, Lectionary-Based Catechesis

The Book of Sacramental Basics
Tad Guzie, Paulist Press, 1981
Our Faith Story: It’s Telling and It’s Sharing
A. Patrick Purnell, Collins, 1985
Jim Gallagher, Collins, 1986
All Is Gift
Lynn Walker, Collins, 1987
Breaking Open the Word of God:
Resources for Using the Lectionary for Catechesis in the RCIA
ed. K.H. Powell & J.P. Sinwell, Paulist Press, 1987
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: Study Edition
Liturgy Training Publications, 1988
The Sacraments of Initiation
Liam G. Walsh, Chapman, 1988
Sharing the Gift
Paddy Rylands, Collins, 1989
Stages of Faith
James W. Fowler, Harper, 1995
The Catechetical Documents: A Parish Resource
Liturgy Training Publications, 1996
How to Understand the Sacraments
P. Beguerie & C. Duchesneau, SCM Press, 1997
Sacraments Revisited
Liam Kelly, DLT, 1998
Catechesis Revisited
Liam Kelly, DLT, 2000
Soil for the Seed
Jim Gallagher, McCrimmons, 2001
Whole Community Catechesis in Plain English
Bill Huebsch, Twenty-Third Publications, 2002
Practical Catechesis
Judith Dunlap, St Anthony Messenger Press, 2001
When you are a Catechist
Judith Dunlap, St Anthony Messenger Press
Prayers for Catechists
Liturgy Training Publications
A Prayerbook for Catechists
Gwen Costello, TwentyThird Publications
In Touch with the Word: Lectionary-based Prayer Reflections
Lisa-Marie Calderone-Stewart, St. Mary’s Press, 1998
The Mystery We Proclaim
Francis D. Kelly, Our Sunday Visitor, 1993
Educating for Life
Tom Groome

Books Christian Initiation of Children

Issues in the Christian Initiation of Children: Catechesis & Liturgy
K. Brown & F.C. Sokol, LTP, 1989
Lectionary-based Catechesis for Children
Sylvia deVillers, Paulist Press, 1994
The Christian Initiation of Children: Hope for the Future
Robert Duggan & Maureen Kelly, Paulist Press, 1991
Readings in the Christian Initiation of Children
ed. Victoria Tufano, Liturgy Training Publications, 1994
The RCIA: Transforming the Church: A Resource for Pastoral Implementation
T.H. Morris, Paulist Press, 1997
Children & Christian Initiation
Kathy Coffey, Living the Good News Inc. 1998
A Child’s Journey: The Christian Initiation of Children
Rita Burns Senseman, St. Anthony Messenger Press, 1998
Christian Initiation of Older Children
Sandra Figgess, St Paul’s, 1995
The Church Speaks about Sacraments with Children
Mark Searle (ed.) LTP, 1990
Children’s Catechumenate: A Catechists Guide
Philip McBrien, Resource Publication
Children’s Catechumenate
(Catechist Manual & 3 level workbooks)
Thomas Long & Emily Filippi, Brown-Roa