RCIA & RCIC
(Pictured above: Wade and Kim McFall)
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) & Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC)
By Steve Taranovich
Wade and Kim McFall run the RCIA and RCIC at St. Thomas More parish. Here is how they got started in this special ministry.
Wade attended the first World Youth Day in 1987 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After that, while still in high school he wanted to become a priest. He attended NAU and was part of a Diocesan group that was starting ministering in Northern Arizona. After a while he decided that being a priest was not his vocation.
Wade did an internship at the Neumann Center at NAU for four years; that’s where he met Kim. Wade got a ‘baptism by fire’ in this role; they had him do ‘everything’.
Wade and Kim graduated from NAU and married. Wade’s degree was in hotel/restaurant management. Kim is now a teacher. Ultimately, they worked seven years in St. Paul’s Parish in Phoenix in their Youth Ministry Program. They taught Confirmation classes there too.
Later a software company hired Wade to manage churches and the ability for them to do content. In a short while the company did not do well.
At that time, Father Jim’s youth minister from Flagstaff, Wade’s best friend and his son’s godfather, was in Phoenix, celebrating his one year anniversary of a heart transplant. Father Jim was there and, hearing about the software company problems and Wade’s plans to start a pool company. He asked Wade to return to work at St. Thomas More. Wade first said no, to which Father Jim replied that he could still continue to work in his pool business. Wade asked what Father wanted him to do and Father Jim said RCIA—-Wade replied—“I’m back!”
This is where Wade’s heart is because he feels the Catholic Church does catechesis best—the whole community is involved and behind it with prayers, and rituals at Mass through ‘Dismissal’. It brings so many people along the candidate’s journey. Wade and Kim have just finished their 14th year in this ministry.
Wade is assisted by Ernie and Irene Meza, Lonnie and Brenda Cavaliere, and Bill McBride. Kim is helped by a team of Gaby Franzoni, Dana Puchta, and Bonnie Sigler. Together the classes average 15 to 20 candidates each year—this past year there were 42!
The candidates are ‘thirsty’ and ask questions so ‘raw’ and basic; Wade sees a strong faith in them. They find value in our Catholic rituals, strengthening them to participate in the Mass. Wade and Kim both enjoy seeing the adults (for some it has been a 30 or 40-year journey) and children as they return from receiving their first Holy Communion with such joy on their faces. They love the patience, respect, and excitement for the Mass and the Sacraments in these new Catholics.
Kim’s ministry with RCIC includes the parents and/or the grandparents’ involvement weekly with the children from seven years old through high school. Sometimes Wade has a parent(s) in his RCIA and he and Kim follow a similar teaching. Kim says that the parents are the first teachers; we need them in the classroom; it is a growing experience for parent’s faith too. Having a seven-year old sitting next to a 15-year old is like having siblings that get along and help each other. The younger ones may ask questions that a teen is not comfortable to ask; this reminds them what child-like faith is.
Wade and Kim do not teach memorization, but more the concepts, the journey and the ‘Why?’
Our faith community is certainly blessed that Wade and Kim said ‘Yes’ to God’s call.September 21, 2017