RCIA resources

The following resources cover a range of topics to support the process for initiation of candidates and catechumens: 
  • RCIA Guides for Parish Teams, Sponsors
  • Resources to support the celebrate of the Rite in parishes 
  • Thanksgiving Mass information 
  • Resources for the Christian Initiation of the Young 
  • Sacraments of Initiation

RCIA Guides for Parish Teams, Sponsors 

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
St Pauls Publications Australia (2003) 
A resource to help celebrants, assisting ministers, sponsors, catechumens, and congregations studying the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. While this study edition contains all of the introductions and rites approved for use in Australia and New Zealand, hence replicating the ritual edition, it is not intended to be used in place of the ritual edition during the actual celebration of the rite. Available from Pauline Books and Media.

Forming Your Parish Team booklet
Lyn Kane and Elio Capra SDB
Useful and practical information to assist with forming the parish RCIA team, clear and accessible descriptions of the RCIA Team and its role; and nine (9) Gospel sessions offering guidance for ongoing formation based on central scripture passages.
Making the Most of the Mass
Making the Most of the Mass is a handy guide to learning more about the Mass, with explanations about the different parts, definition of terms etc. Besides the Mass, it covers topics such as: Sacred Vestments and Vessels, Liturgical Colours, Liturgical Year along with a very informative Glossary. Available from Pilgrims Quest: (08) 8296 4931 or
Guide for Sponsors
Ron Lewinski (LTP 1993)
This book offers information, guidance and encouragement to sponsors, and it contains a collection of traditional Catholic prayers and a glossary of terms used in initiation. Available from Pauline Books and Media.
TeamRCIA is an online resource for Catholic parishes and dioceses that want to form Christians for life. This website provides accessible and relevant resources through articles and conversations initiated by four national leaders in the United States church - all of whom have been serving in RCIA ministry for more than two decades. This invaluable resource offers a variety of online and in-person training for church ministers and volunteers, through webinars, e-mail courses, downloads, discussion forums, and training events led by experts in the field of initiation ministry. Visit website > 
Catechism of the Catholic Church 
The Catechism of the Catholic Church can be accessed via: 
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Pocket Revised Edition
Second (revised) pocket-sized edition, of the complete text of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, in accordance with the official Latin text promulgated by Pope John Paul II in 1997, including a glossary of terms and analytical index. Available from Pauline Books and Media.
Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church
The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church is 200-page volume offering a synopsis of the essential contents of the faith as promulgated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Compendium has a four-part structure, and includes a section on common prayers and Catholic doctrinal formulas. Because of the question-and-answer format, catechetical leaders-parents, pastors, teachers, principals, and catechists-have a unique opportunity to dialogue with the faithful, and reinvigorate the Church's ongoing mission of evangelization and catechesis. Catechetical leaders in high schools, colleges, and parishes will appreciate its versatility-as a reference book, discussion starter, or core resource for RCIA programs. It can be accessed via
YOUCAT: Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church
YOUCAT is short for Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church. This text was developed with the help of young Catholics and written for high-school age people and young adults, YOUCAT is an accessible, contemporary expression of the Catholic Faith. The appealing graphic format includes Questions-and-Answers, highly-readable commentary, summary definitions of key terms, Bible citations and inspiring and thought-provoking quotes from Saints and others in the margins. Available from Garratt Publishing

Resources to support the celebrate of the Rite in parishes  

Sunday Dismissals for the RCIA

Mary Milne
If your parish has been hesitant to dismiss the candidates and catechumens from the Sunday liturgy for fear that they might feel excluded or rejected, these weekly dismissals erase that tension. The dismissals are clearly presented for what they are: "sendings." Candidates and catechumens are sent from the liturgy to be nourished by the Scripture readings of the day. Available from the Central Catholic Bookshop.
The Scrutinies 
Preparation for Easter (Period of Purification and Enlightenment)
The Scrutinies, solemnly celebrated at the ritual Masses, on the Third, Fourth and Fifth Sundays of Lent and are meant to uncover, then heal all that is weak, defective or sinful in the hearts of the Elect. Year A Readings are used on these three Sundays. The gospel of the Samaritan Woman in the first scrutiny, encountering the living water, the second The Man born Blind, in experiencing the light of the world and thirdly, the gospel of Lazarus, the resurrection and life. All of these gospels relate to the conversion experience.
The 50 Days of Joy: Easter Reflections for New Catholics
This splendid book of scripture and reflections is for those who have been baptised or received into the Catholic Church. It is an ideal resource for the mystagogy period, when neophytes deepen their grasp of the paschal mystery and reflect deeply on the sacraments of initiation they have experienced. You’ll find reflections for:
  • Each day of the Easter Octave
  • All the Sundays of the Easter Season
  • The Ascension of the Lord and Pentecost
This book can be found online at or ordered from the Central Catholic Bookshop.

Thanksgiving Mass information 

Mass of Thanksgiving to God
During the period of Easter the Rite invites each parish to celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving to God for all those who have been initiated at the Easter vigil. The Archbishop has designated the feast of the Ascension of the Lord to be the day in which the whole diocese participates in celebrating the neophytes in a special way. Download a copy of the Blessings & Commissioning >

Resources for the Christian Initiation of the Young 

The Christian Initiation of the Young
Edited by Elio Capra SDB
The Christian Initiation of the Young offers help for teachers, catechists, and parish sacramental teams in three areas: first by providing some models and principles which are based on the document of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children; secondly, by providing a comprehensive catechesis based on the Gospels; thirdly, by providing examples of the celebration of the rites as adapted by the parish. It is not meant to be prescriptive but rather a collection of resources that hopefully teams will adapt to their own pastoral situations. Request copy >
Christian Initiation of Children of Catechetical Age
Courtesy of Denise Braddon and RCIA team, Diocese of Sandhurst
This resource is very clearly and sytematically set out providing the steps and stages of the journey. It is steeped in the Rite. Its catechetical base is divided in 10 units which will prove very valuable to anyone preparing children of catechetical age.  Download >
The Christ We Proclaim 
Diocese of Westminster, UK
The Christ We Proclaim (2010) is a two-part resource for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children, adapted from the RCIA. The first part is designed for use by the students themselves and the second is for the catechists. These materials are designed to offer resources to catechists and parents; an accompanying book includes sessions for the children to prepare them to celebrate the sacraments of initiation. The book contains explanations on important things to remember about the CICCA, including Talking to children about God, The context of Scripture with children, The context for catechesis with children, Catechetical method and activities, and more.
A Parish Experience: Adapting the RCIA for Children
Mandy Robinson
This resource explains the processes involved in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC).
Download > 

Sacraments of Initiation 

Come and See: Resources for the Precatechumenate
Elio Capra SDB, Revised edition published by Morning Star Publishing 
This book is designed to help the enquirer in exploring the four basic areas of the community's life. Come and see what our community believes, how our community lives, how the community prays and how the community serves and ministers to others. Avaialble via


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