RCIAAC – Rite of Christian Initiation Adapted for Children
Frequently Asked Questions
How is RCIA Adapted for Children different from RCIA?
RCIA for Children is planned and taught to engage and appeal to younger learners. We will cover information on the Sacraments, especially the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation, and will also learn about important prayers, seasons, and traditions of the Catholic faith.
When do classes meet?
Our first 2024 class will be Sunday January 28 at 9:35am (between the two Sunday masses).
Subsequent classes will meet after the 10:30 mass Sunday February 4 and 25, March 10 and 24.
Classes will be held in the parish admin building.
What is the commitment outside of the Sunday classes?
Much of the workbook should be done together as a family, with classes meant to be a review and check in. Families should attend weekly mass (any of the three weekend masses, whichever fits your schedule best) as part of the RCIA process and beyond.
Additionally, families are expected to attend the Rite of Election at St. James Cathedral February 17, the Scrutinies at the masses March 3, 10, and 17 and Holy day masses during Lent, including Ash Wednesday, Holy Thursday, and Good Friday.
Do my children need godparents?
Yes, you should ask at least one confirmed Catholic over the age of 16 to be a sponsor, or godparent, for your child. If you would like to have two sponsors, that is fine but not required. Sponsors are invited to attend Rites and the Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation, and parents may also stand in for sponsors when they live at a distance.
When will my child be baptized?
Children usually receive the Sacraments of Initiation, including Baptism, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation with the adults who have completed the RCIA process at the Easter Vigil Mass, held the Saturday evening before Easter each year. This year the Easter Vigil is March 30. This special liturgy begins at sunset.
Do I need to buy a white gown or suit for Baptism?
You will need to have a white dress or light colored dress clothes outfit for your child to change into after he/she is baptized. Girls often wear a white dress or primarily white skirt or pants and top; Boys often wear a white dress shirt and light colored pants. These do not need to be first communion gowns or suits, but they can be if your child wants to wear something fancier. The parish does have some white dress clothes available to borrow. If this would be helpful to you, please let your catechist know.
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