So grateful to all of you who entered the various discussions about cantors and music during communion this week. Two words: practice varies.
I was saddened by some of the comments from musicians who lamented the fact that sometimes they are simply forgotten at communion time, with no one coming to them to give them the Body and Blood of Christ. This is a practice that needs to change.
Yesterday, I spent the day with initiation ministers from around the country (and one from Canada), discussing plans for an LTP-sponsored gathering of initiation ministers that they plan to hold next year here in the Chicago area. It was wonderful interacting with initiation pioneers and newbies alike. Some of these folks are people I have worked with in Christian initiation leadership since the late 1980's. I strongly felt the presence of Christiane Brusselmans and Jim Dunning, the two prophets who set the course for the implementation of the Rite in North America.
Here's a photo taken of the group at the end of our deliberations yesterday.
Kudos to LTP for bringing this group together and to the ACTA Foundation for its support.
One of the issues discussed was a general feeling of a recent spark in interest in the implementation of the RCIA; that in too many places the RCIA has lost its originating vision and people are looking for a re-grounding in the Church's actual vision of the Rite. In too many places, the Rite has morphed into nothing more than a course in Catholic teaching leading to the celebration of the sacraments, with the initiation sacraments being seen as some kind of "graduation" at the end of the course. And there is a sense that leaders are beginning to think that this is the wrong direction for the RCIA.
My questions to you: In your own parish experience, how close to the center of parish life is the RCIA? Do you celebrate the rites? With vigor? Mechanically? Something to "get through?" Do you sense a re-invigoration of the RCIA in your parish or (arch)diocese?
So interested in hearing from you. You can respond here or over at Gotta Sing Gotta Pray's Facebook page.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.