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THE RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF CHILDREN (RCIC)

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What is the Rite of Christian Initiation?

The Rite of Christian Initiation prepares children for the lifetime commitment that comes with reception into the Catholic Church.  The Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC) is a process, not a program.  The process is one of faith development where the children grow in their relationship with God, as expressed through Roman Catholic beliefs.  Because each child’s journey of faith is different, some may need more time than others to prepare for full initiation into the church.  The usual length of time is between one and two years.

Who is RCIC intended for?

RCIC is intended for children, not baptized as infants, who have attained the use of reason and are of catechetical (school) age.  They seek Christian initiation either at the direction of their parents or guardians or, with parental permission, on their own initiative.  Such children are capable of receiving and nurturing a personal faith and of recognizing an obligation in conscience. 

Once readiness is reached, the children will receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist) at the Easter Vigil Mass. 

What if my child was baptized in another faith?

Those second through fifth grade students who are already baptized but need to receive First Penance and First Eucharist will attend their age-appropriate class on Sundays as well as the monthly classes for Sacramental Preparation.  If they have no exposure to Catholic beliefs and practices, however, they should be enrolled in RCIC.

What is the process?

The process involves prayer, study, play activities, and listening to the Word of God through bible stories.

  • The process is Jesus-centered.  It focuses on Jesus Christ, the Master Teacher, and his teachings.
  • RCIC provides opportunities for childrenn to hear the Word of God and to begin to apply the Word to their daily relationships.
  • The program allows children to discover the love of Jesus and to respond to His love by their actions and deeds.

What do I need to do?

[1] Register your child(ren) either by going to the parish office or by using the on-line form under the Religious Education tab on this web site. There is a fee to help cover the cost of materials ($40 for 1 child, $80 for 2, and $100 for 3 or more). 

[2] Provide a Birth Certificate for each child.

[3] Attend Sunday Mass and the classes, retreats, and Rites with your child.

[4] Help your child select a sponsor.  

What is a sponsor?

A sponsor is a practicing Catholic who will attend the RCIC sessions with your child and who, like Jesus the Good Shepherd, will provide spiritual guidance and support while they journey through the initiation process together. The sponsor should have a strong knowledge of our Catholic beliefs and traditions, be confirmed, be at least 16 years of age and a person other than the parent of the child.  You may have a sponsor in mind or there may be a member of the community who would like to assist you and your child as a sponsor.

When and where are the classes held?

RCIC classes are held on Thursday evenings at 7:00 PM in Room 204 in the Pastoral Center.  Sessions last about an hour.

Sessions may be cancelled due to special events, or bad weather. Children and their parents and sponsors will be notified in advance should a session be cancelled.

 Anything else?

  • The children in RCIC are expected to attend all weekly sessions on a regular basis with a parent or sponsor present.
  • The support from the parents and sponsor allows for the continual educational and spiritual growth of the child.