Thursday, 25 May 2017

The Word of God in the Sacraments of the Church
For those who prepare people to celebrate Sacraments of Initiation

Friday September 15, 2017 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. 
and Saturday September 16, 2017 
from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Providence Spirituality Centre
1200 Princess St. Kingston, ON

Sponsored by the
Christian Initiation Committee, Ontario Liturgical Conference
A Consultative Body of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario

We are called to hear and reflect on the Word of God to more deeply become the word of God ourselves and proclaim it by our lives. This gathering will focus on the role of the Word of God in our lives as Catholics. We shall explore the place God’s Word has in the preparation for Baptism, Confirmation and first sharing in Holy Communion as well as the implications of having the Word of God at the heart of the initiation process (RCIA).

The conference is for all who prepare others to celebrate a sacrament of initiation including
Pastors and Deacons,
those who lead the parish RCIA,
parish leaders responsible for Baptism preparation for infants
leaders of the parish Confirmation Preparation
leaders of the parish First Communion Preparation
and all people who have a passion for God’s Word.

Cost
Option A $105.00 (Conference, Friday Night Social, accommodation on Friday, Supper on Friday, Breakfast and Lunch on Saturday)
Add $10.00 if registering after August 15th.

Option B $50.00 (Conference, Friday Night Social and Saturday lunch)

Add $10.00 if registering after August 15th.

Brochure and registration form available by clicking on Upcoming Workshops. 

Monday, 27 March 2017

A Formation Event in September 2017

The Word of God in the Sacraments of the Church
For those who prepare people to celebrate sacraments of initiation

Friday September 15, 2017 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
and Saturday September 16, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Providence Spirituality Centre
1200 Princess St. Kingston, ON

We are called to hear and reflect on the Word of God to more deeply become the word of God ourselves and proclaim it by our lives. This gathering will focus on the role of the Word of God in our lives as Catholics. We shall explore the place God’s Word has in the preparation for Baptism, Confirmation and first sharing in Holy Communion as well as the implications of having the Word of God at the heart of the initiation process (RCIA).

The conference is for all who prepare others to celebrate a sacrament of initiation including
Pastors and Deacons,
those who lead the parish RCIA,
parish leaders responsible for the Baptism preparation for infants
leaders of the parish Confirmation Preparation
leaders of the parish First Communion Preparation
and all people who have a passion for God’s Word.

Option A $105.00 *                                                                
Supper on September 15                                                       
Conference and Facility Fee                                                 
Accommodation at Providence Spirituality Centre ***
Breakfast, Lunch on September 16

Option B (commuters) $50.00 
Conference and Facility Fee
Lunch on September 16
*Add $10.00 if registering after August 15th.

***The rooms at Providence Spirituality Centre do not have a private bathroom. There is limited availability so please register early.

A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the Thriftlodge Kingston (formerly the Peachtree Inn), located across the street from the centre. The cost is $99.00 (double occupancy) which includes parking, WIFI, continental breakfast. Reserve your room with Thriftlodge Kingston (1-800-706-0698) before August 15, 2017. When reserving your room please mention reference number 732-998038 or ask for the OLC Initiation group. 


Full brochure available after June 1, 2017 at http://olcinitiation.blogspot.ca 
click on Upcoming Workshops.
Email: olcrcia@gmail.com or call Catherine at 705 718 4808.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Called to Journey Together in Christ

Summer School for Liturgical Musicians and Parish Initiation Leaders  July 17 - 20, 2016

 
For more than 20 years the Music Commission of the Ontario Liturgical Conference, (a consultative body to the Assembly of Catholic Bishops) has offered a formation event for all parish liturgical musicians.  This year for the first time, the Music Commission and the Christian Initiation Committee both of the Ontario Liturgical Conference are joining together to offer a formation event.  You may access information about this event by clicking on Upcoming Workshops.

If you have any questions please send an email to olcrcia@gmail.com

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Registration for The Role of the Whole Parish in Preparing Children and Adults to Celebrate Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist is closed.  If you have any questions please contact us by email at olcrcia@gmail.com

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

The Role of the Whole Parish
in Preparing Children and Adults
to Celebrate  Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist

Friday Sept. 18 - Saturday Sept. 19, 2015
Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre
2325 Liverpool Road, Pickering, ON 

Sponsored by the
Christian Initiation Committee,
Ontario Liturgical Conference
A Consultative Body of the Assembly of
Catholic Bishops of Ontario

The task of preparing children and adults to celebrate initiation is one of the joys and responsibilities of all the baptized.  Each parish, regardless of its size or the number of candidates preparing to celebrate a sacrament of initiation, is able to assist the baptized community in fulfilling their primary role.
This conference will explore the role of the parish Sunday assembly, the sponsor, godparent, and the parish leaders in preparing others to celebrate the Church’s rites of Christian initiation.
The conference will be of particular interest to:
·        Pastors, Deacons, Lay Pastoral Staff
·        Parishioners responsible for preparing others to celebrate
·       Baptism, Confirmation & First Eucharist.
·       Parish Initiation Team (RCIA) Members
·       Parishioners serving as sponsors / godparents.
·       School Personnel involved in immediate preparation for the sacraments of Confirmation & First Eucharist.

Cost:
Option A: $110.00  (Conference/ accommodation on Friday ,Supper on Friday, Breakfast and Lunch on Saturday, and Friday night reception). 
Add $10.00 if registering after August 1, 2015.

Option B: $50.00 (Conference / Friday night reception and Saturday Lunch).
Add $10.00 if registering after August 1, 2015.


Registration Forms will be available after April 15, 2015 online at olcinitiation.blogspot.ca or by email: olcrcia@gmail.com

Monday, 29 September 2014

Journeying in Community to the Fullness of Christ

Preparing to Celebrate Baptism, Confirmation 
and Eucharist

In 2014 the Christian Initiation Committee facilitated a conference for pastors, deacons, lay pastoral staff, school personnel, parishioners responsible for preparing others to celebrate Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist; and parish initiation team (RCIA) members.  The conference focused on fostering a fuller understanding of the primacy of Sunday and Eucharist as the repeatable sacrament of initiation. The conference was held in June at Providence Spirituality Centre, Kingston and in September at St. Pius X Parish, Brantford.

During the conference participants were invited to hear a little of the history of ‘growing up Catholic’ in Ontario during the years immediately before and after the Second Vatican Council and to realize that the current culture is quite different.  In light of paragraph 75 from the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults participants examined the depth and breadth of a Catholic life and critiqued current pastoral practices that support or contradict the vision of Sunday Eucharist as the repeatable sacrament of initiation. At both conferences participants were invited to dream about making small or large changes in their pastoral practices both in speaking about the sacraments of initiation within the parish and in ministering with candidates that would foster a deeper understanding of the primacy of Sunday and Eucharist as the repeatable sacrament of initiation in the lives of our Catholic people. A summary of the dreams follow.

v Establish an initiation process that respects the person’s readiness.
v A strong parish community that embraces their role as sponsors and mentors for those seeking initiation.
v To explain to those seeking initiation from the beginning that Sunday Eucharist is primary, the source and summit.
v Invite and form families to sponsor a child or adult seeking initiation.
v Develop ‘pew sponsors’ – a family or person for the family or person to sit with each Sunday.
v Celebrate well each and every Sunday.
v Eliminate time lines for the periods of formation – ie allow as much time as needed for the period of inquiry and catechumenate.
v Include meetings for families after they have celebrated Baptism with infants, Confirmation with young people and First Communion with children, to foster an awareness of the need for postbaptismal and ongoing catechesis.
v Get the Rite (RCIA) right!
v Pastors that work with the community and understand / embrace the rites of initiation.
v Celebrate the rites well so the community is engaged and able to pray with the inquirers, catechumens, candidates
v Embrace fully the apprenticeship model for all initiation.
v Taking the time necessary to become acquainted with the inquirers, catechumens, candidates
v Take the time to catechize parents prior to their children celebrating Confirmation or First Communion.
v Teach others – including families how to break open the Gospel.
v Learn and practice discernment. Stop being in a rush to initiate.