RCIA for Children Frequently Asked Questions
How is RCIA 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?
Classes meet most Sundays between January and Easter 9:30-10:15am. A more detailed schedule to account for holidays and additional commitments will be given to each family.
What is the commitment outside of the Sunday classes?
You should plan to attend weekly mass with your family as part of the RCIA process and beyond. At least twice during the process, you will be asked to attend 10:30am Mass at St. John for particular rites that are part of the process, The Rite of Welcoming and the Scrutinies. You will also be asked to attend the Rite of Election at St. James Cathedral 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 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.
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 wear after he/she is baptized. Girls often wear a white dress or primarily white skirt and top; Boys often wear a white dress shirt and light colored pants. These do not need to be first communion gowns or suits. The parish does have some white dress clothes available to borrow. If this would be helpful to you, please let your catechist know.