I had a nice discussion last evening with some RCIA coordinators, catechists, and sponsors, who were lamenting how difficult it is to get the newly initiated to return for sessions following the Easter Vigil. (Sounds very similar to the struggle we have getting kids to come back after Confirmation, eh?) The Easter season is to be a period of “mystagogia” (miss-tuh-GO-jyah) – an opportunity to reflect upon the mysteries of our faith (which basically describes the life of every Christian following baptism).
Nick Wagner at TeamRCIA offers some good suggestions…be sure to take a look. I especially like the suggestion about having a celebration – perhaps a pot luck dinner – to gather the Neophytes and the newly received and to use this as an opportunity to introduce mystagogia. I did this when I was involved in RCIA and it works because you can get people to commit (before Easter) to bringing something to a pot luck that takes place after Easter. You may even consider a “series” (perhaps 3) of pot lucks between Easter and Pentecost, and use each occasion to engage in mystagogia.
What other strategies do you know of for enticing the newly initiated to attend post-baptismal catechesis/mystagogia?