This lesson is based on the text, Life in Christ: A Catholic Catechism for Adults, by Rev. Gerard Weber and Rev. James Killgallon (Acta Publications, 1995). The question in bold type is followed by a short answer taken from the text. The text in italics is another answer from the RCIA teacher, Jim Collins. Hyperlinks in red will direct you to documents or websites related to the topic. The entire sequence of lessons forms a comprehensive approach to basic RCIA instruction.

Preparation: Opening Prayer

            Song: Blest Be the Lord

Blest be the Lord: blest be the Lord, the God of mercy, the God who saves.  I shall not fear the dark of night, nor the arrow that flies by day.  He will release me from the nets of sinful men. He will protect me from their wicked hands.  Beneath the shadow of His wings I will rejoice to find a dwelling place secure.  I need not shrink before the terrors of the night, nor stand alone before the light of day. No harm shall come to me, no arrow strike me down, no evil settle in my soul.  Although a thousand men have fallen at my side, I'll not be shaken with the Lord at hand.  His faithful love is all the armor that I need to wage my battle with the foe.           

Proclamation: Scripture:      John: 14:6-7, 9-11




Introduction of a Saint’s life: St. Joseph

Prayer: Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.