This is the draft list of Questions for the Rural Catechesis Gathering to be conducted as part of NCCL's Annual Conference on April 22, 2007 from 11:30 am to 1:30pm CDT
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How many dioceses in our country have a Rural Life or Rural Ministry office and do you find them helpful? How do you do RCIA in rural areas? Do you join with several parishes or meet with candidate or catechumen alone?
*What determines a “rural” parish? Is it size? location? *In parishes with less than 300 registered families, located 30 miles or more from the next closest Catholic parish, in communities of under a thousand people, what does parish catechetical leadership look like? How do you persuade a parish to financially invest in a parish catechetical leader? Is this working somewhere?
Do you have Hispanics in the “rural” parishes? Do you have other nationalities present in your rural parishes? What challenges does that present to the rural ministry?
What challenges do you face in preparing your volunteers to serve as catechists? What kinds of continuing education opportunities are made available for catechists and those in leadership positions? Do you feel your catechists are adequately prepared when they enter the classroom? Is catechesis a priority in your parish? Do you feel the needs of your families are adequately being met? If not, what is missing?
What is the impact of changes in agribusiness and the agricultural economy on ministry and parish life?
What are the major challenges in ministering to youth in the rural parishes? Providing social activities, retreats (Confirmation, etc.)? Participating in Diocesan Events, ie. Summer Camp? Attending Annual NFCYO Conference? Attening World Youth Day?
Who has had some experience sharing ministry among smaller, rural parish? What are the successes and challenges?
What are the concerns and benefits of sharing Priest's ministry among several parishes?
How do you encourage participation in catechesis in rural parishes? Is recruitment distinct in rural areas? What materials have been created explicitly for the rural setting?