It’s different everywhere indeed, but usually it’s not the sort of environment in which one gets to talk to others. Usually we go there to learn the basics of the Catechism in order to be prepared for the Sacraments, and we are supposed to do our own reading While the Compendium (at least) should be a must, there are good RCIA textbooks out there.
Often there is a small exam at the end of RCIA, but not always :shrug:
Finally, in the end the class may practice for the Mass in order to know what to do and when
I am so excited for you, you have no idea just how much I love RCIA per se simply because I remember my own experience, and just how amazing that once-in-a-lifetime Mass felt. When the Bishop and the priests laid their hands on us…that was the one moment I’ll never forget.
Also do be patient…often RCIA is not as good as it should be :shrug: They say first impressions are the ones that last, so don’t think that what you see in RCIA is a good first impression of the Church :shrug: Like a college class, whether or not the professor is a top MIT researcher or a less-than-unfriendly guy you wished you had never met, in the end it boils down to your effort into learning about the Church and the Sacraments.
Remember the words of Christ to us:
You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again?
Make the best use of the RCIA time, because the rest of your life you will wish that you had learned more and more about the Church and the Sacraments when you had the chance, especially when it comes to evangelizing (and to the new evangelization of our brothers in the Church) or to defending the faith.