Before every planning session and every meeting, pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance, and remind Him (and yourself) - this is Your process, Holy Spirit - make me a window of your grace, and not an obstacle."
One good thing…even if I mess up, no one will know because we have never had RCIA before!
I know that throughout the Inquiry process we are to focus more on developing the Inquirer’s faith/spiritual life and less on instruction, but I don’t want people to feel as though we are avoiding answering questions. Any suggestions?
Yes - let them ask questions, and guide them to resources. Asking questions is part of the process of faith formation. Everyone will be at a different level, so if someone seems to be “stuck” on a particular issue, make sure they have enough books and CDs to keep them busy “off-line” so that you have time to focus on everyone else during the meetings - don’t let any one person’s issues dominate a meeting, if the others aren’t interested.
Also, I do want to at the very least give a general overview of the Church …do you think this is appropriate and what topics should I hit??
Do a tour of the Church, and as you are walking around, talk about the various issues that come up - for example, why is the Baptismal font near a door? Why are there holy water fonts next to all the doors? The answers to these questions will lead you into a discussion of the Sacraments of Initiation.
As you are going through, also show them where the Tabernacle is, and explain to them that we always genuflect towards the Tabernacle as we enter and leave the Church.
Everything you encounter in the Church as you are walking through it will remind you of something else to talk about - you will not run out of ideas, and by the end of it, the Inquirers will know more about being Catholic than probaby half of your parishioners.