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Neela Kale Answers:
I’m a catechist and volunteer at my parish, and I was asked to participate in something called a “mystagogy session.” What is mystagogy?
The fourth stage of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is called “mystagogy,” from the Greek words meaning “to lead through the mysteries.” Traditionally mystagogy extends throughout the Easter season, until the feast of Pentecost. This is a period of accompaniment for new Catholics as they discover what it means to fully participate in the sacramental mysteries of the Church. The newly baptized are called “neophytes,” from the Greek words meaning “new plant,” because the faith has been newly planted in them. Even though their catechetical preparation has been completed, they still have much to learn about what it means to live as Catholic Christians. Things often look different from the inside! Once they find themselves really on the inside, the neophytes often have more questions about living a life of faith. They need the ongoing support of the community so that the faith newly planted in them can grow deep roots. The RCIA coordinator in your parish probably noticed your faithful service and thought that you would be an excellent role model for your community’s neophytes. Joining them in a mystagogy session gives you an opportunity to share your faith with them and encourage them as they continue their own new journey of faith.