Originally Posted by Jaspersmommy
I wonder how my experience will differ from an official RCIA program. Essentially I will be meeting on a weekly basis with our Priest and he will be providing private instruction and guidance. Should I expect to receive a historical background in the church or will it extend much beyond that.
Does anyone have any experience with a one-on-one RCIA?
I think it sounds like a great way to go through the conversion process. You can read or study a specific topic and then take your questions to the priest weekly. Frankly, I think that may have been a better way for me to do it but that is not how the program was set up at my parish.
Podcasts might be good for you and there are a few really excellent DVDs out there as well that have good info. Why Be Catholic? by Tim Staples http://www.catholic.com/new/why_be_catholic.aspis
a good one as is Common Ground featuring Fr. John Riccardo http://www.ninevehscrossing.com/Comm...nd/CGOrder.php
. Fr. Riccardo's RCIA podcast series is fantastic and free: http://frjohnriccardo.libsyn.com/category/RCIA
. Fr. John Corapi also has a very good RCIA series, though it is pricey.
Here is a site full of free audio CD's: http://freecatholiccds.excerptsofinri.com/
My parish actually has table full of them along with LightHouse Ministries CDs for people to take. Our parish also has quite a good library that things can be borrowed from. I suggest checking to see what your parish offers.
I also recommend reading anything by Thomas Howard, all the C.S. Lewis books (starting with Mere Christianity), Scott Hahn writes easily digestible books as well. G.K. Chesterton is also fantastic and don't forget about Thomas Merton and his Seven Storey Mountain - such a classic that it can't be missed!
Some of the CDs may be good for you because they are easy to listen to while you are driving around. Podcasts can be downloaded onto an iPhone or iPod and played in the car as well, not sure if you have one of those though.