Why Involve the Community?

Welcoming seekers into “the way of faith and conversion” is the most important thing we do. Think about it. If a family had a great sense of community but never welcomed new people into it, slowly, one-by-one, the family would die off. If a parish did the same, we’d have the same fate. But the reason we need to get the community involved in welcoming seekers does deeper than self-preservation. It’s why parishes exist. The Trinity is the ultimate community of love, but it’s not a closed system. God is constantly drawing all creation into that community of love. It’s the reason God became one of us, and it’s the reason we exist as Christians. Integrating the catechumens and candidates into that Christian community of love is the biggest, most essential mission that the Holy Spirit has set before our parishes.

Diana Macalintal, Your Parish IS the Curriculum: RCIA in the Midst of the Community (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2018), pp. 38-39. ISBN: 978-0-8146-4465-2. Emphasis added.