Does RCIA sound familiar to you? If so, you might know that it stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults!
So what is the RCIA for Children?
Usually parents come to the parish seeking to baptize their children just to find out that their children don't qualify for regular baptism classes because they're over the age of seven! To baptize children who have reached the age of 7 or older requires the RCIA. It might seem counterintuitive to put children into a process whose name contains the word “adult,” but according to the canon laws regulating the Catholic Church, children who have reached the age of 7 have the same sacramental rights as adults.
The norms established for the Christian Initiation of Children Who Have Reached Catechetical Age are outlined in Part II, Chapter 1 of the official Church document Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA #252330). It states the following about the RCIA for children:
“This form of the rite of Christian initiation is intended for children not baptized as infants, who have attained the use of reason and are of catechetical 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 of conscience.” (RCIA #252)
The initiation of children of catechetical age is a process based on their personal conversion. There is also a RCIA for adults over the age of 18, but their preparation and classes are separated from those your children will receive. You can find more information about the RCIA for adults over the age of 18 here.
Were you baptized Catholic but never finished your Confirmation? Do you practice your Catholic faith and attend mass? We want to help you complete your sacramental initiation. For more information or to register, contact Emily at 936-521-3755.
Confirmación de Adultos
¿Ha sido ud. bautizado católico, pero le falta el sacramento de la Confirmación? ¿Practica su fe católica y asiste a misa? ¡Queremos ayudarle completar su iniciación sacramental! Para más información o para inscribirse póngase en contacto con Emily al 936-521-3755.
Ever heard of the RCIA before? Perhaps someone said it so fast you thought it was one word. Maybe it means nothing to you!
RCIA stands for the "Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults." It is a program modeled on the conversion experiences of those who became Christian in the very first centuries of Christianity. It is intended for adults who have never been baptized as well as those who were baptized in non-Catholic Christian communities.
RCIA practices an open-enrollment. What this means is that, unlike some other classes at your local church which might have a start and stop date, you can always join into the RCIA at any point in the year. This might seem overwhelming, but it shouldn't be. We're here to help you figure things out and to help you see the beauty of the Catholic faith and the love of Christ. Feel free to reach out and we'll help you get started.