get yourself one of those little folding stools they are selling now at Stuffmart, and ostentatiously set it up in front of chair, and start unloading your bag on it. Maybe she will get the message and exercise a little common Christian hospitality–which is supposed to be one of the hallmarks of RCIA–and have the janitor set up some tables.
The Deacon’s wife is not an authority unless she has been appointed as a sponsor or catechist or member of the RCIA team. yes, she is admirable in teaching respect for the bible, and I wish she would come and talk to some of our teens, but she is also not being logical and charitable.
Next time you are trying to simultaneously read from your bible, CCC and notebook, hand her the bible and say, “I only have 2 hands can you hold this for me please?”
I am of course being facetious, we need to have respect for those teaching and guiding us, but she needs to hear from the class about ordinary housekeeping and administrative details that are frustrating your experience, just as the Deacon needs to hear about problems you are having with learning and understanding.
Hang in there, Easter is only 6 months away. Welcome Home!
and yes I do try never to lay the bible on the floor, and to set a good example to my classes, also if I have a table set up as a shrine I also make the point not to set textbooks, coffee cups etc. on it. It is just part of the teaching. We give our candidates inexpensive bags to carry everything, so they can just set everything on the bag if necessary. We do use tables, but it is frustrating in its own way, since it cuts down on intimacy and group discussion and sharing, but we are doing our best.
what I really prefer is comfortable chairs, padded, large enough, arranged in a circle around a coffee table where people can set their books and bibles, but low enough that we can make eye contact, and have more a living room than a classroom atmosphere, but that is personal preference, not Law of the Church.