RCIA & the Rite of Full Communion for Children

Are you interested in raising your children Catholic but they haven't been baptized yet or have been baptized in another Christian faith?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) also includes a component for children and teens seeking preparation for and celebration of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, which manifests the intimate relation of these sacraments to one another. The primary focus of the process is the Christian initiation of the unbaptized. The Rite also provides for welcoming non-Catholics seeking full communion with the Church.

Not Baptized? Children and teens wishing to learn more about the Catholic faith are invited to participate in our Rite of Christian Initiation for Children/Youth (RCIC) process. The process for children/teens ages seven or older is called Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC). Participants begin the process with an orientation.  Students are placed in Sunday morning or evening religious education classes.  Supplemental classes will be schedule throughout the catechetical year.  Those who desire baptism are received into the Church at Easter Vigil.

Baptized in another Christian Faith? Children over the age of seven and teens who have been baptized in non-Catholic Christian faith and would like to become Catholic and receive sacraments are invited to participate in the process of preparation called The Rite of Full Communion. Participants are prepared and receive sacraments on selected dates throughout the year. IMPORTANT NOTE: If your child was baptized in another Christian faith and is UNDER the age of 7, there is a different process of bringing the child into the Church.  Contact Joan Nelson for details

Navigating all the Church guidelines and procedures for coming into the Church and receiving sacraments can be confusing.  Each family has different needs and situations.  If you are interested in exploring how to bring your child into the life of the Church, contact Joan Nelson via CLOAKING or at 804-864-4708  She will help you navigate through the various options available for preparation and initiation.

For more information contact the Director of the Office of Evangelization, Joan Nelson via CLOAKING or at 804-864-4708.