Leading a weekly RCIA FAITH-SHARING GROUP Gather the group in a living room setting instead of a table and chairs setting. Each person uses a Bible to look up the Gospel for the coming Sunday. This helps participants to become familiar with the Bible by using it. Begin every session with the sign of the cross and formula prayer so participants learn by repetition: INTRODUCTION LEADER: In the name of the Father +, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. We gather to reflect on the Word of God and the ways God is active in our personal and communal lives. We remain open to change at all times because God’s active presence is shaping and reshaping our lives daily. Through this faith sharing session, we ponder the Gospel of the liturgy for next Sunday. By doing this, we are “forming a new weekly habit” to prepare for the Sunday Mass, the highlight in the week for believers. The Catholic habits we are practicing are to ponder the Gospel for Sunday, to participate actively at Mass on Sunday, and to offer daily prayer. Please open your Bible to the Gospel for Sunday’s Mass which is N.,_____. (see www.usccb.org/nab to find the Gospel for Sunday) RCIA FAITH SHARING SESSION 1. One person proclaims the Gospel. Participants answer the leader’s question: LEADER: “What do you SEE in the Gospel?” “What image or picture comes to mind?” “Where are you in this story?” Participants may write down the answers to these questions in a personal diary of faith (notebook) first, then the leader invites them into a discussion with the group. 2. Another person reads the Gospel again. Participants answer the leader’s question: LEADER: “What do you HEAR in the Gospel?” “What word or phrase stuck out for you?” “Is Jesus calling you?” Participants may write down the answers to these questions in a personal diary of faith first, then the leader invites them into a discussion of what they “heard” with the group. 3. Read the Gospel again. Connect what you HEARD with what you SAW in the Gospel. Participants answer the leader’s question: LEADER “Jesus is calling you change and grow. What is he asking you to do?” “How will you connect the Gospel to your daily life this week?” Participants may write down the answers to these questions in a personal diary of faith, then the leader invites them into a discussion with the group. Discussion follows. CATHOLIC QUESTIONS LEADER: Before we offer our prayers of intercession for others, are there any questions about Catholic teachings or practice to offer for clarification and teaching. (Discussion follows.) Leading a weekly RCIA FAITH-SHARING GROUP CLOSING PRAYER After the discussion, the group may offer a song and a closing prayer: SONG: [Goal – teach psalm refrains sung on Sunday in the Liturgy of the Word or during communion.] LEADER: You may offer a prayer for someone or any other intentions: For …….. We pray to the Lord. All: Lord, hear our prayer. Conclude the intercessions with the Lord’s prayer and Glory Be which participants learn by rote: Our Father . . . Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, . . . In the name of the Father +, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. INVITATION – REMINDER: SUNDAY MASS LEADER: I will meet you on Sunday at Mass. Does anyone need a ride? The time for Mass is _____.