Resources for Various Needs and Occasions


Prayer Services for Atonement and Healing for Victims of Sexual Abuse

Resources for the Week of Christian Unity

The Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute

Seasonal Resources


Also available in Spanish on the FDLC website

Intercessions for the Universal Prayer

Atonement and Healing–Intercessions for Victims of Sexual Abuse

Sacrament of Reconciliation


Liturgical Ministry Formation Resources


Diocesan Liturgical Ministry Resource

This resource was prepared by the Office for Parish Life to assist parish leaders in the formation of various liturgical ministers in the parish, as well as provide suggestions for ongoing formation, education, and spiritual renewal.  This resource includes training for Extraordinary Ministers of Communion, Lectors, Cantors, Altar Servers, Ministers of Hospitality, and Ministers of Liturgical Environment.

Included in this comprehensive resource is the Leader’s Guide consisting of the procedural suggestions for these formation sessions, the full text for the PowerPoint presentation, and additional printed resources.

To learn more about this valuable resource, please click here.

Liturgical Ministry Training

The Office for Parish Life also provides training for various liturgical ministries in the parish at the request of pastors or parish life coordinators.  A minimum of seven participants is required, and the parish is asked to publicize the event to neighboring parishes.  Please contact David Baloga at or 570-207-2213 ext. 1158 for more information, or to schedule this training in your parish.

Extraordinary Minister of Communion Training

The Office for Parish Life periodically offers training sessions for new Extraordinary Ministersof Communion at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, located at 330 Wyoming Ave. Scranton, PA.

This all-day training session is based on the Liturgical Ministry Resource created by the Office for Parish Life, and covers the theology of the Eucharist and the Mass, the history and spirituality of the ministry, as well as the particular functions of the Extraordinary Minister of Communion, and how to properly prepare and carry out this ministry.  Candidates for the training should have the approval of his or her pastor/parish life coordinator.  There is no fee for the training, and lunch will be provided.  Please note that it is necessary for candidates to attend the entire session to receive certification as an Extraordinary Minister of Communion.  Current Extraordinary Ministers of Communion seeking a refresher course are also welcome to attend.

To a view a list of upcoming dates for Extraordinary Minister of Communion training, please click here.

Liturgy Training Publications Virtual Workshops

Liturgy Training Publications of the Archdiocese of Chicago offers several different series of online workshops for cantors, lectors, extraordinary ministers of Communion, liturgists, teachers, musicians, RCIA coordinators and catechists throughout the year.  These virtual workshops are different than other webinars in that they invite participants to engage with the presenter and one another in providing feedback, reflections on the topic at hand, and discuss best practices and strategies for enhancing engagement in their ministries.

The cost for each session is $10-$15, and discounted rates are available when purchasing a series of workshops.  Customizable workshops are also available for your parish.  For more information, watch the video below.  To see what current and past sessions are available for purchase and download, please visit

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults Resources

Ritual Books and Resources on the Rites

  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.  Study edition.  Collegeville:  The Liturgical Press, 1988.
  • Ceremonial of Bishops.  Collegeville:  The Liturgical Press, 1989.
  • Milne, Mary K. Sunday Dismissals for the RCIA. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1993.
  • Tufano,Victoria, ed. Celebrating the Rites of Adult Initiation.  Chicago: Liturgy Training  Publications, 2007.
  • Book of the Elect
About the RCIA Process
  • United States Catholic Conference.  Journey to the Fullness of Life: A Report on the Implementation of
    the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults in the United States
    . Washington, D.C.: United States Catholic Conference, 2000.
  • Anslinger, Leisa.  A Vision of Conversion: Eight Steps to Radically Change Your RCIA Process. Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 2018
  • Birmingham, Mary.  Year-Round Catechumenate New and expanded edition.  Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2007.
  • Brown, Kathy and Sokol, Frank, eds.  Issues in the Christian Initiation of Children: Catechesis and
    . Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 1991.
  • Duggan, Robert, ed. Conversion and the Catechumenate.  New York: Paulist Press, 1984.
  • Figess, Sandra.  Christian Initiation of Older Children.  Collegeville:  The Liturgical Press, 1990.
  • Gelpi, Donald L.  The Conversion Experience:  A Reflective Process for RCIA Participants and Others.  New York:  Paulist Press, 1998.
  • Hughes, Kathleen.  Saying Amen: A Mystagogy of Sacrament.  Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 1999.
  • Lewinski, Ron.  An Introduction to the RCiA: The Vision of Christian Initiation. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2017.
  • Lewinski, Ron.  Welcoming the New Catholic.  Third Edition.  Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2007.
  • Morris, Thomas H.  The RCIA: Transforming the Church (A Resource for Pastoral Implementation).
    Revised and Updated edition.  Mahwah:  Paulist Press, 1997.
  • Oakham, Ronald A. , et  al. One at the Table:  The Reception of Baptized Christians.  Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 1995.
  • Searle, Mark.  The Church Speaks about Sacraments with Children.  Chicago:  Liturgy Training Publication, 1990.
  • Senseman, Rita Burns.  A Child’s Journey:  The Christian Initiation of Children.  Cincinnati:  St. Anthony Messenger Press, 1998.
  • Turner, Paul.  When Other Christians Become Catholic.  Collegeville, MN:  The Liturgical Press, 2007.
  • Yamane, David and MacMillen, Sarah with Culver, Kelly.  Real Stories of Christian Initiation:  Lessons for and from the RCIA.  Collegeville:  The Liturgical Press, 2006.
Resources for RCIA Formation and Catechesis for Adults
  • Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Washington, D.C.:USCCB Publishing, 2006.
  • General Directory for Catechesis.  Congregation for the Clergy.  Washington, D.C.: United States Catholic Conference, 1997.
  • National Directory for Catechesis.  United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Washington, D.C.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2005.
  • Albertus, Karen.  Come and See: A Lectionary-Based Christian Initiation Resource Using Catholic Updates. Cincinnati:  St. Anthony Messenger Press.
  • Anslinger, Leisa, et al.  The Living Word: Leading RCIA Dismissals. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2017
  • Birmingham, Mary.  Formed in Faith: Sessions for Inquiry, Catechumentate, and Ongoing Faith
    .   Chicago, World Library Publications, 2012.
  • Birmingham, Mary.  Word and Worship Workbook for Year A,B, and C. Mahwah:  Paulist Press,     multiple dates.
  • Carew, M. Jane, ed. Making Disciples: A Comprehensive Catechesis for the RCIA Catechumentate.
    Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor, 2005.
  • Duggan, Robert, et al.  Foundations in Faith. Allen, Texas: RCL Benziger, 1997.  A complete formationprogram with Catechist Manuals for each year in the Lectionary Cycle plus a variety of other resources.
  • Esposito, et al. Our Catholic Heritage.  Cincinnati: RCL Benziger, 2013.  Level I and Level II textbooks and Catechist Guides.
  • Frigge, Marielle, et al.  At Home with the Word 2018.  Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications,       2013.
  • Paprocki, Joe. A Well-Built Faith: A Catholic’s Guide to Knowing and Sharing What We Believe.  Chicago: Loyala Press, 2008.  Leader’s Guide also available.
  • Sinwell, Joseph P. and Powell, Karen Hinman, eds. Breaking Open the Word of God: Resources for Using the Lectionary for Catechesis in the RCIA.  New York:  Paulist Press, multiple dates.
  • Sinwell, Joseph P., ed. Come Follow Me:  Resources for the Period of Inquiry in the RCIA.  New York:
    Paulist Press, 1989.
  • Sinwell, Joseph P. and Powell, Karen Hinman, eds.  Ninety Days:  Resources for Lent and Eastertime in the RCIA.  New York:  Paulist Press, 1989.
  • Wagner, Nick.  Seek the Living God: Five RCIA Inquiry Questions for Making Disciples. Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 2017
Resources for RCIA Formation and Catechesis for Children/Youth
  • YouCat.  Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church.  English Edition trans. by Michael J. Miller.  San
    Francisco:  Ignatius Press, 2011.
  • Coffey, Kathy. Children and Christian Initiation: A Practical Guide, including additional series of texts for Precatechumenate, Catechumenate, Purification and Enlightenment, and Mystagogy. Denver,
    CO: Living the Good News, Inc. in cooperation with The North American Forum on the
    Catechumenate, 1995.
  • DeVillers, Sylvia.  Lectionarybased Catechesis for Children: A Catechists Guide.  New York: Paulist Press, 1994.
  • Paprocki, Joe.  Bridges to Faith:  Essentials of the Catholic Faith for Children Ages 811.  Chicago:  Loyola Press, 2014.  Textbook.  Leader’s Guide also available.
  • Senseman, Rita Burns, et al.  Guide for Celebrating Christian Initiation with Children.  Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2017.
  • Walters, Thomas P., ed.  Catholic Basics: A Pastoral Ministry Series.  Chicago:  Loyala Press  for the
    National Conference for Catechetical Leadership, 2002.  There are 8 individual volumes in this
    series covering the following topics:  Christology, Scripture, Sacramental Theology, Christian
    Morality, Church History, Theological Reflection, Mary and the Saints, and Ecclesiology.
  • Tufano, Victoria, ed.  Readings in the Christian Initiation of Children.  Chicago: Liturgy Training
    Publications, 1994.
Resources for Sponsors
  • Lewinski, Ron. Guide for Sponsors. Fourth Edition.  Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2008.
  • Senseman, Rita Burns.  When You Are an RCIA Sponsor.  Cincinnati:  St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2001.
Resources for RCIA Coordinators and Team
  • Dunning, James B. Echoing God’s Word: Formation for Catechists and Homilists in a Catechumenal
    .  Arlington, VA: The North American Forum on the Catechumenate, 1993.
  • Eschenauer, Donna M.  The Role of the Coordinator in Christian Initiation: A Practical Guide.  Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2017
  • Hixon, Barbara and Gensler, Gael.  RCIA Spirituality: Formation for the Catechumentate Team.  San Jose:
    Resource Publications, 1997.
  • Jones, Deborah M.  The RCIA Journey: A Resource for the Catechumenate.  New London:  Twenty‐Third Publications, 1997.
  • Powell, Karen Hinman. How to Form a Catechumenate Team.  Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 1986.
  • Ruzicki, Michael. Guide for Training Initiation Ministers: An Introduction to the RCIA. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2017 (includes DVD with 13 videos to help deepen the understanding of the RCIA process).
  • Steffen, Donna.  Discerning Disciples: Listening for God’s Voice in Christian Initiation.  Chicago:       Liturgy Training Publications, 2007.
  • Tufano, Victoria, et al.  Guide for Celebrating Christian Initiation with Adults. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2017.
  • Turner, Paul. The Catechumenate Answer Book. San Jose: Resource Publications, 2000.
  • Wagner, Nick.  Field Hospital Catechesis: The Core Content for RCIA Formation.  Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 2018
  • Wagner, Nick.  The Way of Faith: A Field Guide for the RCIA Process.  New London:  Twenty‐Third
    Publications, 2008.
  • Wilde, James A., ed.  Finding and Forming Sponsors and Godparents.  Chicago:  Liturgy Training
    Publications, 1988.
Resources for Priests/Homilists
  • Connors, Michael E.  Preaching for Discipleship: Preparing Homilies for Christian Initiation.  Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2018
  • Dunning, James B. Echoing God’s Word: Formation for Catechists and Homilists in a Catechumenal
    .  Arlington, VA: The North American Forum on the Catechumenate, 1993.
  • Joncas, Jan Michael.  Preaching the Rites of Christian Initiation.  Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 1994.
  • Turner, Paul.  Celebrating Initiation:  A Guide for Priests.  Chicago:  World Library Publications, 2008.
  • Wilbricht, Stephen S.  The Role of the Priest in Christian Initiation. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2017.
Resources for RCIA and Parish-Wide Transformation
  • Gensler, Gael, et al.  Disciples Making Disciples: Print and Digital Resources for Forming the Assembly.  Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2017
  • Macalinal, Diana.  Your Parish Is the Curriculum: RCIA in the Midst of the Community.  Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 2018
  • Mick, Lawrence.  Living Baptism Daily.  Collegeville:  Liturgical Press, 2004.
  • Paprocki, Joe.  Practice Makes Catholic: Moving from a Learned Faith to a Lived Faith.  Chicago: Loyola
    Press, 2011.  Leader’s Guide also available.
  • Paprocki, Joe.  The Bible Blueprint: A Catholic’s Guide to Understanding and Embracing God’s Word.
    Chicago, Loyola Press, 2009. Leader’s Guide also available.
  • Vincie, Catherine. The Role of the Assembly in Christian Initiation.  Chicago: Liturgy Training
    Publications, 1994.
  • Wilde, James A., ed.  A Catechumenate Needs Everybody: Study Guides for Parish Ministers. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 1988.
RCIA and Canon Law
  • Huels, John M.  The Catechumenate and the Law: A Pastoral and Canonical Commentary for the Church in the United States.  Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications,1994
  • Huels, John M.  The Pastoral Companion: A Canon Law Handbook for Catholic Ministry. Montreal:  Wilson & Lafleur Ltée, 2009
Historical Development of Christian Initiation
  • Austin, Gerard.  The Rite of Confirmation:  Anointing with the Spirit.  New York:  Pueblo Publish-ing Company, 1985.
  • Dujarier, Michel. The Rites of Christian Initiation: Historical and Pastoral Reflections. New York:
    Sadlier, 1979.
  • Harmless, William.  Augustine and the Catechumenate.  Collegeville:  The Liturgical Press, 1995.
  • Johnson, Maxwell, ed. Living Water, Sealing Spirit. Readings on Christian Initiation.  Collegeville:  The Liturgical Press, 1995.
  • Kavanagh, Aidan. The Shape of Baptism: the Rite of Christian Initiation. Collegeville: The Liturgical
    Press/Pueblo, 1978.
  • Mazza, Enrico.  Mystagogy.  New York:  Pueblo Publishing Company, 1989.
  • Satterlee, Craig Alan.  Ambrose of Milan’s Method of Mystagogical Preaching.  Collegeville: The
    Liturgical Press, 2002.
  • Turner, Paul.  Ages of Initiation:  The First Two Christian Millenia: Includes CD-ROM of Source Excerpts. Collegeville, MN:  The Liturgical Press, 2001.
  • Turner, Paul.  Confirmation: The Baby in Solomon’s Court.  New York: Paulist Press, 1993.
  • Turner, Paul.  Hallelujah Highway:  A History of the Catechumenate.  Chicago:  Liturgy Training
    Publications, 2000.
  • Turner, Paul.  Sources of Confirmation. From the Fathers Through the Reformers.  Collegeville, MN:
    The Liturgical Press, 1993.
  • Walsh, Liam G.  The Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist.  London:  Chapman, 1988.
  • Whitaker, E.C.; Johnson, Maxwell E. Documents of the Baptismal Liturgy.  Revised and Expanded edition. Collegeville, The Liturgical Press, 2009.
  • Wilde, James A., ed.  Commentaries:  Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.  Chicago:  Liturgy Train-ing Publications, 1988.
  • Yarnold, Edward.  The Awe-Inspiring Rites of Christian Initiation.  Second Edition.  Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 1994.