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Rites of Initiation 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.

OCIA/RCIA Resources to help your candidates, catechumens, sponsors, and team prepare for the Easter Vigil Mass

Preparing for the Rites of Initiation is a very busy season for RCIA/OCIA Directors. Use our materials and handouts to simplify your work!

Licenses on this page:
Our OCIA/RCIA resources for the Rites of Christian Initiation may be used indefinitely without the need to renew your distribution license, as long as you continue to use them only in one parish. 

List of Names for Choosing Your Patron Saint

Description: Hand-out for choosing a Patron Saint based on the meaning of the name. Thorough list, 26 pages; print double-sided for 13-page hand-out.

$5 Parish License

Easter Vigil Instructions for OCIA/RCIA Sponsors and Team

Description: 2-page hand-out to be used in a training meeting for sponsors and team members for the Rites of Initiation. This Word document is completely editable, so you can adjust it for your local program.

$5 Parish License

What Happens on Holy Saturday?

Brief Instructions for RCIA Elect and Candidates

Description: 2- or 3-page hand-out for preparing the Elect, Candidates, and Sponsors/Godparents for the events of Holy Saturday and the Easter Vigil. Page one covers the morning ceremonies of the Presentation Rites (Ephphatha Rite, Rite of Recitation of the Creed, Rite of Choosing a Baptismal Name, and Concluding Rites). Pages 2 and 3 outline the events of the Easter Vigil itself. This Word document is completely editable, so you can adjust it for your local program.

$10 Parish License 

Sowing the Right Seeds

The Easter Vigil Explained

Description: 3-page commentary and overview of what happens — and why — during the Easter Vigil. It says just enough to add depth of meaning to the experience, since Candidates and Catechumens normally feel overwhelmed and later can’t remember every special moment that happened. But it doesn’t say everything, in order to heighten the mystery and awe of the actual experience.

$12 Parish License

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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