The Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC)

“Jesus said to his apostles, ‘God, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.’” Matthew 28:19

Welcome to the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children! The Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC) is the process to prepare children for receiving the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, and Eucharist if they have not been brought into the Catholic faith by Catholic Baptism as infants. This program is for children between the ages of seven and seventeen.

The program’s goal is to help children understand the foundation and essential teachings of God and the Catholic Church through the Word of God (Bible), Church Traditions, the Sacraments, prayers, and other Church teachings. Through these classes, we hope to help them deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ, who truly loves and cares for them. In addition, we hope to gradually prepare them to enter the worship assembly (Mass) with a profound understanding and great joy of being a part of the Body of Christ, the Church.

As part of this program, the children and parents are required to attend the 9:00 am Mass each Sunday with their families for the first main part of Mass, the Liturgy of the Word. Then, after the homily, the children will be led by the catechists from the church to a room where they will continue to explore and learn about the Word of God and other teachings while parents are required to attend the RCIA program for at least 6 weeks.