Ephphetha Series: CELEBRATING INITIATION (RCIA workshop) – Mystagogy as a Tool for Parish Renewal

  • 09:00 AM
  • Sacred Heart Church - 2875 - 10th Ave. NE, Sauk Rapids
  • 320.255.9068


This program is made possible through a Vital Worship Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, Michigan,

with funds provided by Lilly Endowment Inc.


Why Ephphetha? Why a series on the RCIA? Who should attend?

The fervor that once surrounded the RCIA has waned across the country, but it continues to be a crucial rite of the Church. Because it is such an important ministry in every parish, it is essential that ministers gather regularly for ongoing formation and renewal. The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship has given our diocese a great opportunity to engage in this renewal.

The RCIA has its roots in the third and fourth centuries with teachers like St. Augustine and St. Cyril. It is a process of conversion, which has the potential to renew and re-evangelize every parish when implemented well. We have chosen the title Ephphetha to remind us that in baptism, we are opened to the gifts of the Holy Spirit and our ministry requires us to walk with those who seek a life in Christ.

Because RCIA is the responsibility of the entire parish, all ministers, even those who peripherally involved (e.g. musicians, catechists), should come and delve deeper into the rite. The principles in the RCIA apply to our ongoing ministry of evangelization.

Mystagogy as a Tool for Parish Renewal


Saturday, May 13, 2017


9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
9:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (priest/deacon track)




Dr. Timothy O’Malley, director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy, South Bend, IN
Father. J. Michael Joncas, University Artist-in-Residence; Fellow, Center for Catholic Studies, University of St. Thomas, MN


All the baptized live in the period of mystagogy, a period of breaking open the rites we celebrate (e.g. Penance, Eucharist), which leads the faithful into deeper communion with Christ. This workshop, designed for RCIA teams, liturgists, catechists, and all the faithful will explore the role of Mystagogy in formation and evangelization. Priests and deacons will explore the role of the Mystagogical homily in the RCIA and the parish

Speaker Bios: 

Dr. Timothy O’Malley is the director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy. He is the author of Liturgy and the New Evangelization: Practicing the Art of Self-Giving Love and many liturgical articles. Dr. O’Malley is a popular speaker on topics ranging from liturgy, culture, vocation, evangelization, and catechetics. He also serves as an Associate Professional Specialist in the Department of Theology, where he teaches courses on preaching, catechesis, liturgical theology, and the Scriptures.

Father Jan Michael Joncas, is an internationally recognized priest, liturgical composer, author, speaker, and professor. He holds a master’s in theology and liturgical studies from the University of Notre Dame and a doctorate in liturgical studies from Pontificio Istituto Liturgico of the Ateneo Sant’Anselmo. Father Joncas is currently an associate professor in the Department of Theology at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.


Free (for those within the Diocese of Saint Cloud)
$15 (for those coming from outside the Diocese)