Informed by the adult education methods proven successful in live workshops, LTP's Virtual Workshops™ invite liturgical ministers to engage in 90 minutes of training, dialogue, and reflection. By maximizing the use of technology in a virtual classroom, LTP raises awareness of current liturgical issues, provides space for dialogue about one's role in the liturgy, and offers valuable resources for ongoing formation and catechesis.
How are Virtual Workshops™ different from webinars?
In addition to the main presentation found in traditional webinars, LTP's Virtual Workshops™ allow participants to communicate and to provide immediate feedback throughout the presentation. This platform enables us to introduce several multimedia components at once, allowing participants to access video of the presenter, presentation slides, relevant images, chat boxes, links to related sites, and discussion boards. Unlike most webinars, participants will be invited to engage with the presenter and one another through the presentation as they reflect on the topic at hand and discuss important strategies for increased engagement in their ministry.
How do I register/log in?
After purchasing any of our Virtual Workshops™, you will receive an e-mail from orders@LTP.org with your login ID and password, along with instructions for accessing the Adobe Connect platform at https://ltp.adobeconnect.com.
What are the system requirements for participating in a Virtual Workshop?
Participants should use a computer, tablet, or mobile device with at least 4GB of memory. The internet connection should have at least 5 Mbps of bandwidth. Users report that wired devices provide the most seamless experience, though the workshop does work well for those who access it using a strong Wi-Fi connection.
Do liturgical ministers need to sign up individually or can all of our parish lectors/servers/musicians/liturgical ministers attend a Virtual Workshop together at our parish?
Designed for individual use, LTP's Virtual Workshops™ allow users to reflect and dialogue with one another throughout the presentation, creating an environment of prayerful collaboration. With this in mind, we encourage parishes to register each person individually, allowing all to participate in the shared discussion. However, we recognize that time and budgets don't always allow for this and we have had successful Virtual Workshops™ where participants were gathered in one room, engaging in face-to-face dialogue before then sharing and engaging with the virtual community.
Is it possible to contract a customized Virtual Workshop for my parish community?
Conscious of your busy schedule and the fervent desire for increased liturgical formation at the parish level, LTP offers the opportunity for your parish, (arch)diocese, vicariate, or region to contract a closed session of any of our Virtual Workshops™. Please contact Michael Ruzicki, LTP Editor and Liturgical Training Consultant, for more information at (773)579-4900, ext. 3531, or by e-mail at VirtualWorkshops@LTP.org.
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Christian Initiation Series in collaboration with FDLC
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Series
Teachers and Catechists Series
Individual Virtual Workshop Descriptions
Preparing Parish Worship Series
Proclaiming the Seasons Series
Christian Initiation Series
“Those who have already been baptized in another Church or ecclesial community should not be treated as catechumens or so designated. Their doctrinal and spiritual preparation for reception into full Catholic communion should be determined according to the individual case, … on the extent to which the baptized person has led a Christian life within a community of faith and has been appropriately catechized …” (National Statute for the Catechumenate, 30). How can we best journey with uncatechized Catholics or those baptized in another Christian community? Which rites do we celebrate? Which are optional? How frequently do we celebrate the Rite of Reception and other sacraments? Most importantly, how do we respect their baptismal status?
“The rite of initiation is suited to a spiritual journey of adults that varies according to the many forms of God’s grace, the free cooperation of individuals, the action of the Church and the circumstances of time and place” (RCIA 5). No two stories are alike. No two individuals are the same. Throughout this journey, the Church expects prayerful reflection and discernment of God’s will. How can pastors, sponsors, and catechists offer effective pastoral conversations which aid in this reflection? This workshop will look at moments when the RCIA presumes a necessary discernment. Then, will address methods for doing so.
Even after forty years of use, we continue to discover the richness of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults—its Spirit-filled vision, its rich history, and its theological foundations. This workshop will offer an overview of the Rite itself—offering a deeper examination of its generous options, its pastoral mandates, and its transforming liturgies.
“The people of God, as represented by the local church, should understand and show their concern that the initiation of adults is the responsibility of all the baptized (Ad Gentes, 14). Therefore, the community must always be fully prepared in pursuit of its apostolic vocation to give help to those who are searching for Christ. In the various circumstances of daily life… all of the followers of Christ have the obligation of spreading the Gospel according to their abilities (Lumen Gentium, 17). Hence, the entire community must help the candidates and catechumens throughout the process of initiation… “ (RCIA 9). Rightfully, we have focused in the role of the priest, deacon, RCIA Director, sponsors, catechists. But how is each parishioner responsible for the important role of evangelization and conversion? In turn, how does this encourage us to reflect on the value of the paschal mystery (RCIA 4) and our ongoing conversion?
Prepare your students for Sunday Mass each week and instill in them a deeper understanding of Scripture, the liturgy, and the teachings of our faith.