Parish Practice

Help with the first steps

08 May 2014 | by Paul Turner

Adults who were baptised at Easter now participate fully in the life of the Church, but there is another stage to guide them through their initial weeks as Catholics Some parishes gather their neophytes in the weeks and months after their Easter initiation to experience ­mystagogy. Under the direction of a catechist, they share their memories of the vigil. They learn more about the sacraments. They relate how their lives have changed since the day they were baptised. But in many other parishes, this does not work. Those who have participated in the catechumenate are tired of meetings. They have reached the goal for which they longed. Now they want to get on with their lives. They love their new Church, but enough is enough. Even their catechists would like a break.The National Statut

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