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Lenten Retreat for Elect, Candidates, Sponsors,

and Parish Team Members

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Saint Columban Retreat Center, Derby NY


Registration Form

(Registration form for download) 


Chrism Mass and Dismissal of Elect

Tuesday, March 22, 2016


Saint Joseph Cathedral


Mystagogy Mass with light reception following

Sunday, April 17, 2016


Saint Joseph Cathedral


Registration form coming soon



Video Trainings available for your team . . . (Contact the Office for the Catechumenate for your free access code ... sorry limited to teams in the Diocese of Buffalo only)

TeamRCIA Webinar Training – set 2


Create a Culture of Holiness

Lent:  A Crash Course in Christianity for the Elect

Daily prayer, Daily Bread

Strengths based Leadership for RCIA Teams

What your RCIA team need to know about the Bible

An RCIA guide to making the good news great!

Four secrets to becoming a better catechist

Storytelling in the RCIA – Teaching Like Jesus

Synod on the family: Does it change what we teach in the RCIA?

How to find more RCIA inquirers


“An RCIA Drill Down” Video Marathon


How to read the RCIA

Video #1 – Period of Evangelization and Precatechumenate

Video #2 – First Step: Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens

Video #3 – Period of the Catechumenate

Video #4 – Second Step – Election or Enrollment of Names

Video #5 – Period of Purification and Enlightenment

Video #6 – Third Step: Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation

Video #7 – Period of Postbaptismal Catechesis or Mystagogy

Webinars - Set 1


“The Parish Team” Video Marathon 


Paula Penepent, Coordinator

Phone: (716) 847-8760

Fax: (716) 847-5593

Email: Paula Penepent

The Office for the Catechumenate, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), is responsible for continuing the implementation of the catechumenate as envisioned by the Vatican II Council with its adaptation for children. The mission of the office is to serve the catechumenate under the Bishop's direction which is to "take steps toward restoring the instruction of adult catechumens or toward adapting it more effectively." (Decree on the Pastoral Office of Bishops in the Church Christus Dominus, no. 14).

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