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Precatechumenate Period Resources

These helpful resources were created by the original founder of Catholic Digital Resources, author and speaker Terry Modica of Good News Ministries. Please note that these resources have not yet been updated with the new acronym.

More than just explanation … inspiration! Evangelize inquirers as they explore the decision about joining OCIA/RCIA.

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Our OCIA/RCIA resources may be used indefinitely without the need to renew your distribution license, as long as you continue to use them only in one parish.

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$10 Parish License What Keeps Us from Knowing God’s Will?
10 Common Mistakes
Hand-outs: unlimited printing for OCIA/RCIA
2-page hand-out covers resentment, praying wrongly, idolatry, human reasoning, human desires, disobedience, the opinions of others, taking too little time to listen, doubt, and distrust. Great for discussions!
$35 Parish License

Life In Christ *
PowerPoint Presentation with hand-outs

Comes with a 1-page hand-out of the scriptures and prayer used in the class, and the Multi-Media Meditation “Father, Where Have You Gone?

$35 Parish License

Life In the Father *
PowerPoint Presentation with hand-outs

Includes a double-sided scripture hand-out and worksheet, a take-home blessing from the Father, and the Multi-Media Meditation “On Restful Waters He Restores My Soul

$35 Parish License

Life In the Holy Spirit *
PowerPoint Presentation with hand-outs

Includes a 2-page hand-out and the Multi-Media Meditation “Lord, Send Out Your Spirit

$90 Parish License * Order all three as a package and save!
Comes with all the hand-outs plus a Leader’s Manual. You may also open this series to the whole parish as a mission or retreat – includes a publicity flyer, a preparation checklist, retreat schedules, a Prayer Booklet for a worship aid before each segment of the retreat, and 3-part Prayer Page for use when the seminars are given in a 3-week course or a 3-night parish mission.
Save $15 instead of ordering each one separately.
$30 Parish License

Christ’s True Presence in the Mass
PowerPoint Presentation

Teaches how Christ reveals himself through the Mass and transforms us into his likeness. Comes with a Catechist Guide. (Not included in the “All Precatechumenate Resources” package price, because it is also available in the Catechumenate Period package.)

$10 Parish License The Inquirer’s Questionnaire
Hand-outs: unlimited printing for OCIA/RCIA
Asks the Inquirer: Which discovery opportunity is best for you at this time? Through a series of introspective questions, this hand-out helps each person understand the Precatechumenate phase and discern if they’re ready to begin Catechumenate classes. This Word document includes editable zones for adding your own information about class times and contact information.
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  • You may not add to or alter content without requesting and receiving special permission. PowerPoints are protected by a password to ensure that you will always have a good version if the editing goes awry or if someday someone gets their hands on the editable copy and adds things that a future DRE or catechist or pastor does not want there. You may obtain a customizable version, sans password protection, only after purchasing the original, protected version, for an additional equal cost.

Beth Solis, a group facilitator in Oklahoma, says, "Our members asked us in the beginning if we minded taking things slowly so we could have time to really discuss each paragraph. We always have such great discussion! The PPT has been very helpful and is a nice addition."

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Feedback from a study group in Florida

Sylvia says, "This experience deepened my love for the Eucharist in ways I couldn’t imagine when we first started this course."

Karen says, "I never thought that I would read an encyclical. However, using the study guide made this experience so rewarding. It broadened my view about the Eucharist and my Catholic faith that makes me love and appreciate what Jesus did for us ever more deeply."

Tim says, "Being the only convert in the group, I ascertained a better and stronger understanding of the importance of the Eucharist, not only in the Mass but also in my daily life."

Jimmy says, "I learned so much about the Eucharist that was powerful and enlightening. This course helped deepen my faith and my appreciation for the Holy Mass."

Erin says, "It was amazing to get everyone’s perspective on the readings. And it deepened my love in the beautiful gift that the Eucharist is to all humanity for our salvation."

Shirley says, "This course was so enlightening. It was a gift that helped me grow in my faith."

Which PowerPoint Presentations cover what Sacraments?

An overview of all 7 sacraments is in the PPT
"The Nature and Function of the Church".

PLUS: The sacraments are also covered in the following PPTs:

Baptism - The Call to Discipleship
& it's further developed in
1. Confession: Sacrament of Healing
2. The Creed
3. Mission of the Redeemer

Eucharist - Christ's True Presence in the Mass
& it's further developed in
1. Life in Jesus
2. Who's Who in the Catholic Church
3. Confession: Sacrament of Healing
4. The Creed

Confirmation - The Sacrament of Confirmation
& it's further developed in
1. Salvation History
2. The Nicene Creed

Reconciliation - Confession: Sacrament of Healing
& it's further developed in
1. Who's Who in the Catholic Church

Anointing of the Sick is covered primarily in
The Nature and Function of the Church

Holy Orders - Who's Who in the Catholic Church
& it's further developed in
1. Christ's True Presence in the Mass

Marriage is touched on in The Call to Discipleship